Brian Dohn

Wade-Perry sees lot to like in Notre Dame

Three-star defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry hoped to attend Notre Dame’s junior day on March 19. That won’t happen, but he hopes to get another look at the Irish soon.

Three-star defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry holds scholarship offers from many of college football’s top programs including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Alabama.

Although the 6-foot-3, 320-pounder from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., remains wide open he has high interest in the Irish.

“I haven’t really narrowed things down yet,” Wade-Perry said. “I’m just waiting to get out to a few schools and talk to a few people. There are some coaches I haven’t met. Things are definitely looking good for Notre Dame though. It’s a great school, obviously, and they have a great football program and tradition. There’s a lot to like about Notre Dame.”

Wade-Perry visited Notre Dame last September for a home game against Massachusetts. He hoped to return this Saturday for Junior Day, but that trip won’t happen.

He plans to make a second trip to South Bend in the near future. He also wants to see Stanford and Ohio State.

Notre Dame defensive line coach Keith Gilmore has built a strong relationship with Wade-Perry and the two communicate on a regular basis.

“I’ve been talking to coach Gilmore a lot,” Wade-Perry said. “He’s a great guy. He just tells me about the school and the program and his philosophy.

The Irish are recruiting Wade-Perry as an interior defensive lineman.

During his fall visit, Wade-Perry toured campus and participated in pre-game activities.

He and his parents liked what they saw.

“It was beautiful,” he said. “I showed up on Friday and toured campus. We came back for the pre-game stuff with the recruits. It was a good experience. I really enjoyed it.”

Wade-Perry has also visited Duke, North Carolina, Penn State and Rutgers.

He has spent the off-season preparing for his senior year.

Part of his training regimen includes working out with former Rutgers and NFL defensive lineman Javon Parker.

“I’ve been working with my team and I’ve been working out with some D-line specialists. They both played at Rutgers and in the pros,” Wade-Perry said. “It’s a great experience. He has a lot of insight at what the next level and the level beyond that has to offer and he knows what he’s doing as far as moves and how to develop guys for what’s to come.”

Wade-Perry plans to participate in The Opening Regional in New Jersey on May 1.


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