Dalyn Wade-Perry (photo by Brian Dohn)

UCLA Official Visit Set For East No. 8 DT Dalyn Wade-Perry

Oct. 31 -- Three-star defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry scheduled two more official visits and spoke with Scout about the schools involved in his recruitment, including UCLA...

Dalyn Wade-Perry continues to keep Stanford as his leader, but even if he learns in November about whether he is accepted into school, he does not anticipate making a decision until January because of his visit schedule.

The Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII defensive tackle said he set a Dec. 9 official visit to UCLA, and he will officially visit Stanford the weekend of Jan. 13. He already has a Nov. 25 visit set with Florida State and he is speaking with Penn State and Rutgers about setting up official visits.

"Stanford is still in the same spot," said the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Wade-Perry, who played Saturday on the Rutgers campus at High Point Solutions Stadium. "I have Florida State and UCLA (visits set), and I'll probably have one more before I get out to Stanford."


The UCLA visit will provide Wade-Perry the opportunity to see the campus, and the differences in climate. But it is the blend of academics and football that has him the most excited about the trip.

"I'm interested in the area," Wade-Perry said. "Their coaches showed a lot of love coming out in the spring and last winter. I'm interested in their program, and I think they are heading in the right direction. My family likes it out there. There's a lot to like about UCLA."

Mostly because of the time difference, Wade-Perry said he has not watched UCLA this season. His main contact is defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who was at his school in the spring.

"He tells me they're a little short-handed on the defensive line, and they have some guys going to the (NFL)," Wade-Perry said. "He said they need guys, they need big defensive tackles who can come in and make plays. He said if I come in and get my stuff together, and if I put in a lot of work, I could play right away. I'm sure that's a part of the recruiting game, but I'm interested in what they have to offer."

Penn State is pushing for a visit, and Wade-Perry could make one in early December or late January.

"That win (vs. Ohio State) was huge for them," Wade-Perry said. "For the season, I think they are going to finish up with great momentum to go out in recruiting."

Since the spring, Wade-Perry and Penn State have been in constant contact, and lately he has been speaking aplenty with coach James Franklin.

"Nothing really changed with them," Wade-Perry said. "I love being there on campus, and the atmosphere on campus. The people are great, the fans are great. I probably have the best relationship with their staff. I've been in touch with them longer than any other staff. I speak to the offensive staff and the defensive staff. I speak to coach Franklin every week."

Rutgers, which has an official visit weekend scheduled for non-committed prospects Dec. 2, is trying to get Wade-Perry on campus then.

"They're still involved," he said. "I talk to them on a daily basis. They are still there. To have them so close is a good thing."

Stanford has been Wade-Perry's leader for a while, and he has not wavered with that thinking.

But he is also keeping a close eye on Florida State. He said he saw a few games on television, and he has local knowledge since former Pope John tight end Ryan Izzo plays for the Seminoles.

"I know they had a few injuries throughout the year on defense, and they have a few gaps that need to be filled, but they definitely have some athletes and some ballers," Wade-Perry said. "I few tweaks here and there, and they could be a very special unit."

On the field, Wade-Perry is dealing with a lot of attention as well. 

Scout saw him play twice this season, and on both occasions he was blocked mostly with double teams, and sometimes with a triple team. 

"It's definitely a struggle," he said. "I have to do what I have to do, and it opens up other opportunities for our defense, and it allows other guys on our defense to make plays. As long as our defense is playing as a unit, I'm fine with that."

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