The four-star defensive end drew interest from nearly every school in the nation and narrowed his list down to Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Miami. After taking his official visits Perry was quiet in the media, but today he broke his silence, and let the college football world know that he is leaving home and heading to play for Pete Carroll in sunny Southern California.
"They have a good school with a good academic foundation. As far as the coaches and players I really felt comfortable that they could take me in as one of their own," Perry said of USC.
At 6-4, 235 pounds, the ultra-athletic Perry has the ability to be an elite pass rusher on the college level.
"Basically, I am not going to be playing just one end, I am going to be playing both sides. I may be dropping back into zones," said Perry. "They seem to have a need for defensive ends and for me to come in and have an opportunity to play."
Rated the fifth best defensive end in the nation by Scout, Perry is the crown jewel in the Trojans impressive defensive line class that includes tackles Jurell Casey and Armond Armstead and ends Wes Horton and Malik Jackson.
Perry is the second player from Michigan to commit to USC in as many years. Last year USC secured the commitment of wide receiver Ronald Johnson and now Pete Carroll and the USC staff have landed an elite defensive line prospect in Nick Perry.
While distance was a factor in his decision, Perry said that fellow Michigan native Ronald Johnson was able to ease his concerns about going to school so far away from home.
"He (Ronald Johnson) talked to me about the distance problem. He said he got homesick and wanted to come back but in the long run he got over it and that was the best thing for him," Perry explained.
While some have said that the 2008 USC recruiting class lacks the marquee names that they have had in past classes, the commitment of Nick Perry certainly adds a big name and big talent on the defensive side of the ball.