Perry is a Name on the Rise.

Chris Perry of Fossil Ridge high school (Keller, Texas) might be a prospect that is on the horizon for Notre Dame. The Irish are searching high and low for some talented big men to play the defensive line. Perry is talented. He is big, but which sode of the line will he play in college?

Most high school players don't know if they'll ever get a chance to play Division I football. Chris Perry (6-3, 315-pounds) had always wanted the opportunity and the day he watch the U.S. Army All-American game, he made it a priority.

"When I was at the U.S. Army game for the combine, I said that I wanted to play in that game," Perry explained. "They said I've got to get offers first. I knew that I had to get heavily recruited. Then a week or two after that combine Ole Miss offered and things just took off from there.

"I'm hearing from a lot of people in the Big XII. I got a letter from Miami the other day. Coach [Mario] Cristobal and I have been texting each other. I started talking to coach Cook from Wisconsin. Baylor, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, LSU and a bunch of others I can't even name them all.

"I even offers from Nebraska, Ole Miss, Colorado State, Arizona, Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma State," he added.

One school Perry did not mention was Notre Dame. That isn't because he isn't interested in the Irish, it's because their interest in them just recently picked up.

"I know they have a very good tradition," Perry responded when asked of his interest in Notre Dame. "I'd be very interested in Notre Dame if they came after me…that'd be really tight. They'd be at the top of my list. I wouldn't say that they'd be number one, but they'd really get a lot of my attention.

"My counselor said that coach Jappy Oliver asked for my transcripts, so I had to go fill out some papers, and then my coaches said they just sent my tape out."

Perry isn't certain where the Irish are going to recruit him, but schools that have seen his tape are recruiting him for the same position.

"Mostly offensive guard," replied Perry when asked where schools projected him to play in college. "I haven't played offensive line since my freshman year, but my coaches have me working on the O-line this spring.

"I just go out there and try to get the job done. It's a respect thing for me. I don't want anyone to be able to talk noise about me after the game, so I play for respect. I don't mind switching at all. I just want to help my team win."

There is still plenty of time between now and when Perry needs to make a decision, but he does have a clear leader.

"The No.1 school is Miami," Perry said. "I hope to have my decision by mid-summer or the beginning of my season. My coach wants me to get it out of the way so I'll be able to focus on my senior year and worry about playing and bringing a championship home. If Miami doesn't come through with an offer I'm going to commit with what I got.

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