Perry Worked On More Than Game During Camp

Ohio State recently received some bad recruiting news when Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward offensive lineman Kyle Kalis took back his verbal commitment, but Joshua Perry, the first member of the 2012 class, is not only working on his game this summer but working on getting to know his future teammates - and promote Ohio State to other prospects.

Ohio State may have recently lost a 2012 verbal commitment in Lakewood St. Edward offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, but the first member of that class to commit to the Buckeyes sounds more than solid.

Joshua Perry, a linebacker from Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy, was among dozens of juniors and seniors to participate at Ohio State camps this week and spent the week trying to accomplish two goals: improving his game and working on getting to know future (and prospective) teammates.

"I just like to run around and learn new skills and improve on some things I wasn't already grounded in," Perry said. "Then I also talked to some guys who Ohio State may be looking at."

Perry bonded with fellow OSU verbal commits Warren Ball, Frank Epitropoulos, Najee Murray and Blake Thomas and called the 2012 class a tight-knit group.

"Everybody's getting together," Perry said. "We have a lot of emphasis on being a close team, especially with all the things going on in the media. It's very important to us that we get to know each other."

He also spent time during the camp getting to know several players who may be on Ohio State's radar, including Lancaster, Ohio, linebacker Luke Roberts.

"I was talking to (OSU head coach Luke Fickell), and he said that he liked the way (Roberts) played," Perry said. "I was just making sure (to tell him) if Ohio State offers, jump on it."

Perry was among the linebackers who got to work out under the guidance of former Buckeyes James Laurinaitis and Ross Homan during the camp, something the four-star recruit said was special.

"It was good because they know exactly what to do," Perry said. "They've had the training that I'll be having later. It's good to see it from a previous player's perspectives."

As for the future, Perry will be a senior for the Braves this fall. As a junior, Perry played linebacker, wide receiver and running back. The three-sport athlete who also excels on the basketball court and as a member of his school's track team has plenty of speed – showing that at the camp when he clocked a 4.54 40-yard dash time – but admitted he still has work to do on his gridiron game.

"It's still a little bit raw," said Perry when asked to describe his game. "We'll improve on that. I like to get out there, run around and smack people."

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