Hoops commit Perry turns recruiter for USF

Bartow's star big man Chris Perry recently chose to play for Stan Heath and the Bulls. The 3-star recruit talks about his commitment, why he chose USF, getting other big names to be Bulls, and why the future looks bright for USF.

Last week, Coach Stan Heath and the Bulls got a big recruiting boost when Chris Perry, a 6'8, 236 pound power forward/center from Bartow announced he will be a Bull.

"Yes sir, I chose to play for USF," said Perry. "I feel great about my choice and feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders really."

The 3-star prospect that was rated the No. 24th ranked center in the nation, had over 20 offers and trimmed his list to USF, Tulsa, Cincinnati, and UCF, before ultimately choosing the Bulls.

"One of the big reasons I chose the Bulls was due to my relationship with the Coach Heath Assistant Andy Hipsher and the whole coaching staff," said Perry. "That and they made me an early priority, were one of my first offers and that was really big for me."

The relationship that developed with Perry and the Bulls staff was strong and was one of the big reasons for his decision to choose USF.

 "They recruited me very hard. Coach Heath was at almost every one of my events and for a head coach to that meant something to me," said Perry. "They made me feel needed, wanted, and that was a great feeling."

"I had a family type relationship with Assistant Coach Hip, we can talk about anything, basketball, life, or whatever. Coach (Eric) Skeeters is actually from Maryland and so am I, so we had a connection as well. Also one of their assistants, Coach Roc (Steven Roccaforte) coached one of our assistant coaches," said Perry. "I love the whole USF coaching staff, I really do."

With an abundance of top schools pursuing the coveted big man, Perry said it was the feeling he got while being around the USF hoops program that sealed the deal and made him want to be a Bull.

"What it really came down to was my comfort level with them," said Perry. "I was comfortable with the school, with the coaches, and I was comfortable with the players there. That was one of the biggest things."

When Perry made his last and final visit to USF last weekend, he was able to bond with the players.

"Before my visit, I never really got to really meet and hangout with the players," said Perry. "They're all real funny guys, Tino (Martino Brock is like a comedian and just real cool guys to be around. Once I got to spend time with them, I just knew that's where I wanted to be."

The top rated big man actually visited Tampa several times over the last few months and got to tour the campus and see the Bulls brand new state-of the-art practice facility and the completely remodeled Sun Dome and loved everything about what he saw.

"My visits to Tampa were ridiculous and I totally loved it," said Perry. "The new facility is awesome, everything about it."

"Al I can say is they're facilities are amazing," said Perry. "Everything about it, their practice court, weight room to their new locker room plus another locker room one right beside the court, and I just love their new arena it's really great." 

Now that Perry is committed to being a Bull his vision of the future for USF is very bright.

"With what they've done so far and what they got building, the sky's the limit," said Perry. "I see a lot of big things and us winning the Big East."

USF now has four commitments in 2013 class as Perry joins, 4-star big man John Egbuno and guards Drew Davis and Josh Heath. Both Perry and Egbuno are ESPN top 100 players, and Perry is excited for what they'll bring once they arrive on campus.

"We're going to be dominate, that's what I think," said Perry. "We're going to bring a lot of talent to add to what they already have, and we're going to give other teams fits."

The Bartow big man said he took notice of the emergence of Bulls star point guard Anthony Collins and see's big things from AC.

"AC is definitely a great point guard, so I know he'll be able to get me the ball inside," said Perry. "His playing ability as well as the other guys on the team was just another reason why I chose USF."

Now that Perry is a Bull, he‘s now turned recruiter for USF and will try and lure more big talent to Tampa.

"Yeah, I'm going to do what I can," said Perry."I'm going to work on a bunch of the top guys that I know."

One such prospect is Dre'kalo Clayton, a 3-star forward out of Evans in Orlando who played on the same AAU Each 1, Teach 1 team that also took his official visit last weekend.

"Oh yeah, me and Dre are close, he's my boy," said Perry. "He'll be there to, he'll be a Bull."

Besides the class of 2013, Perry said he's also working on the next class as well. Including Lakeland Prep 4-star point guard prospect Joel Berry, who also played on the same AAU Each 1, Teach 1 Team.

"Another kid I'm really working on is Joel Berry," said Perry. "We all played together this summer and he'd be a great addition."

With the biggest decision in his life now in the books, Perry can't wait to step on campus and start training in the Bulls facilities and get on the court.

"I'm so excited right now, I can hardly contain myself. My family is excited and they love USF as much as I do," said Perry. "I can't wait to get there. Plain and simple, I just can't wait.


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