Signing Day Impact: Josh Perry

Josh Perry was the first commit to the Ohio State 2012 recruiting class, and that was back in the Jim Tressel days. Perry enrolled early at Ohio State, and is there now. He will participate in spring football in 2012.

Joshua Perry was the first player to commit to Ohio State in the 2012 recruiting class, and the four-star linebacker out of Lewis Center Olentangy is a welcome addition to the Buckeye family. Perry, 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, brings a world of speed and athleticism to Ohio State.

Perry is versatile enough to project at a number of positions, but is expected to begin his career as an outside linebacker. With thin numbers at the position, going in early gives Perry the jump on fellow linebacker prospects David Perkins and Camren Williams.

BREAKDOWN:

Perry is simply a great athlete, and with college football becoming more of a speed game played in space, he should be perfect for Urban Meyer, wherever they choose to play him. Perry was offered before his junior season, following an eye-popping performance at Ohio State's junior camp.

"Shows great athleticism on offense and special teams by breaking long touchdown runs and even returning kicks for scores. Has filled out since we first saw him, adding bulk and strength, which is apparent in his physicality. He's great in space, can play over the slot and cover and he can blitz. Needs to improve his ability to meet blocks head on and get off them." - Allen Trieu.

PERRY ON CHOOSING OHIO STATE:

Perry is not only a great athlete, but he's one of the top students at Olentangy, and he takes the academic side of his life very seriously.

"I know that my commitment isn't the end, but rather just the beginning," he explained. "I know I have a target on me now, and I need to work harder, and be a student of the game, to be able to live up to the standards of an Ohio State football player. I'm ready to take that next step."

"I want to study business in college, and I'm very interested in real estate," he said. "I've always been interested in selling properties, and learning how that business works, so I could see myself owning my own company some day. My father works in sales, and he's been with the same company for many years. Before he started with his company, he worked in real estate, so maybe that's where I get that. My mother works in the elementary school, so I've learned about hard work from my parents, and I've seen how successful they are."


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