The USF football staff has been pounding the pavement this year and the recruiting trail has taken them to The University School in Ft. Lauderdale, a small private school that is loaded with prospects, and one of them is 6-foot-7.5, 225 pound defensive end Daniel Perry.
As a junior Perry helped lead his team to a 14-1 record in route to the state championship game where they lost on the final play in overtime. Perry recorded 80 tackles, 50 solo, 3 sacks, 1 int, 2 passes deflected, and a blocked punt, earning All-Broward county second team and is looking to build on that for his senior campaign.
"What makes me a good player is that I'm a hard worker and this spring I'm working on everything to get better," said Perry. "I'm working on staying low, using my hands, and becoming more explosive off the ball. I'm working on my speed, hitting the weight room hard and getting bigger and stronger."
On the recruiting front plenty of coaches have been coming by the school full of talented prospects and offered the defensive end.
Perry is still taking everything in and isn't ready to name any leaders just yet.
"Right now I'm pretty much open to everything and still have to weigh my options before naming favorites," said Perry. "I think I have more to come after my performance this spring."
The Bulls offered Perry several months ago, he attended the USF junior day and their spring game and likes what he sees out of the program.
"I was at their spring game and enjoyed it, USF is a good football team," said Perry. "I really like USF and I've been on campus several times now. I like the location of the school, Tampa is a nice city. I've only seen parts of the campus and liked what I've seen so far, but I want to go back so I can see everything."
While on campus Perry got to see the Bulls facilities and was impressed with what he saw and what USF is building.
"I seen the facilities and they were real nice and top of the line," said Perry. "They got great new practice fields and Coach Holtz told me about all their plans for expansion and an indoor facility. I think they look great right now and can't imagine how nice they'll be when they finished."
The talented defensive lineman said he talks with several of the USF coaching staff and likes what he's seen out of the bulls staff.
"I talk with the D-line Coach Hargreaves a lot, Coach Patrick, Coach Larry Scott, and with Coach Holtz," said Perry. "I like them as a staff and from what I've seen they really work with their players and develop them in to becoming better athletes. I like the way they treat their athletes."
"Coach Holtz talked to me about the offer, but also more like a real person, and was asking about me personally and what I want to study in," said Perry. "He's a great coach and a good person. I can't say one bad thing about Coach Holtz."
One thing that did catch the attention of the standout D-line prospect was the defensive linemen USF has put into the NFL.
"They also put players into the league, that did catch my eye and I was thinking about that this weekend," said Perry. "They put a DT in the league this year and last year put two in including Jason Pierre-Paul, he's a monster man. That won't be my main reason why I choose my college though."
While he's keeping an open mind towards recruiting Perry said he plans on being busy this summer
"I'm probably going to go to a few camps, but I'm not sure where yet," said Perry. "I know USF has something on June 25th, but I have this community service with the Dolphins, so I'm not sure yet."
"Once I finish up the spring I'll see who else offers and start to narrow things down," right now I'm just focused on the spring, then I'll focus on my summer plans."
Perry may not know where he's going to go yet, but knows what's most important to him in finding the right school.
"I'm really looking at the academics of the school, that's important to me. I'm also looking at the overall environment, and the coaches," said Perry. "I want to go where the coaches will work with me and develop me as a player. I look at teams that put guys into the league, but more importantly how they develop the guys to get them ready."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Daniel Perry's recruitment and summer visit schedule.