Dalyn Wade-Perry (Harvey Levine/SCOUT)

UCLA DT Target Sets First Official Visit

Sep. 22 -- Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry has a Pac-12 leader, an ACC visit set and three Big Ten schools on his radar...

Dalyn Wade-Perry, the No. 8 defensive tackle in the East, set his first official visit, has a Pac-12 leader but a decision is not imminent.

The Spara (N.J.) Pope John XXIII standout said he will be at Florida State on an official visit when the Seminoles host Florida on Nov. 26. He is also speaking regularly with Ohio StateUCLAPenn State and Rutgers, but Stanford remains his leader.

However, the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Wade-Perry said he will not if he is accepted into Stanford for a few months.

"I speak to their coaches every week," Wade-Perry said. "They check on me before and after every game. I am working on the application. Right now we're keeping in touch and seeing how things fall, and whether I'm accepted or not."


Wade-Perry said he will re-take the SAT next month and hopes to learn about acceptance into Stanford in November.

"I have the application, which they sent to me, so I am doing that accordingly," Wade-Perry said. "I'm taking the SAT one more time and when the scores come back, and once I send the application in, I will probably know more. It will probably be in early November."

Another Pac-12 school staying in contact and pushing for an official visit is UCLA. 

Bruins defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and assistant coach Angus McClure are both trying to get Wade-Perry to campus.

"They want me to come in either January or December," Wade-Perry said. "They want me to see the campus, see the school life. They want me to get a feel for UCLA as a school, rather than UCLA as a football program. They seem to be recruiting me very highly along with Florida State, Stanford and Ohio State."

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are back in touch with Wade-Perry as defensive line coach Larry Johnson and assistant Ed Warinner re-established lines of communication.

"We didn't talk for a little bit and then we touched base and cleared some things up and we're setting up an official visit," Wade-Perry said. "I don't know when it is going to be. We have to work on the date."

Penn State is another program Wade-Perry is interested in, and the Nittany Lions' crop of commits are doing a good job making him feel comfortable. He is looking at an official visit for the Oct. 8 game against Maryland. He added he speaks regularly with quarterback commit Sean Clifford, offensive lineman Rob Martin and Damion Barber.

"It's close to home, I've built a close relationship with their coaches, and of all the schools, I built a strong relationship with some of their commits," Wade-Perry said. "I have them on speed dial and we talk every now and then. I feel comfortable at Penn State."

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Rutgers continues to be inolved and Wade-Perry, who said the proximity and familiarity is an asset, especially given the message former Pope John XXIII teammate Sam Howson continually gives.

"I'm excited the program is going in the right direction," Wade-Perry said. "It's close to home, and with Sam Howson, he is always telling me how it is going there. I'm excited to see how they do in the long run."

Florida State began recruiting Wade-Perry hard over the summer, and Seminoles already had a success recruiting Pope John XXIII. They landed tight end Ryan Izzo a few years ago.

"We keep in touch and, obviously, he enjoys it a lot there," Wade-Perry said. "He is playing a lot and he's one of the leaders on the team. I talk to (assistant) coach (Tim) Brewster quite often, maybe once a week. They are really high on me. They are recruiting me hard. They said I'm at the top of their boards as far as defensive tackles, so they really want me at Florida State."

Wade-Perry said knowing the Seminoles have him so high on their board is important.

"It's a good sign," he said. "A program as big as Florida State, it's always good when they show a lot of love."

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