Perry sees "great things" happening at Vandy

Jackson Perry made an unofficial visit to Nashville in November for the Commodores game with Florida. The six-foot-2, 290-pound lineman was told by the Vanderbilt coaches at the game that an offer would be forthcoming. They stayed true to their word extending Perry his tenth offer overall.

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive lineman Jackson Perry spoke to VandyMania.com on his plans to take a second trip to the city of Nashville for his official visit to Vanderbilt in January.

"Coach Maile came for an in-home visit," Perry said. "We went our to eat with my family and really got to know more about him and his football perspective. We just talked for awhile, got to know each other, and built the relationship up from there.

"I was happy to receive the offer. I did kind of did expect it because they said they wanted to offer when I was at the Florida game, but just wanted to wait and get to know me better and look at some more of my senior film. Coach Maile told me that he's impressed with me. He thinks I can come in and take the nose guard spot that's going to be opening up.

"When you look at the Vanderbilt brand, I don't think anyone else in the world can match the academics coupled with the athletics. I know they were just 3-9 this season, but next year's going to be Coach Mason's second year as head. I look for them to improve next season, especially with all the talent he's bringing with this recruiting class. I think Coach Mason will eventually do great things (at Vanderbilt) and prosper in the SEC.

"It's definitely an offer I'm considering. I love the Vanderbilt campus and the city of Nashville. When I was on my unofficial visit in November, I got to see tailgating for the first time ever. I enjoyed walking around and interacting with the fans. Even though they lost the Florida game, the fans have great pride and enthusiasm for the team. I'm looking forward to going back on my official visit the weekend of January 16th."

Perry plays for one of the top high school programs in the country, if not the top. Bishop Gorman finished the year 15-0, won a sixth consecutive Nevada Division I state championship, and were ranked number one in the nation by many publications.

"I was a three-year start in high school," Perry said. "I'd say it was probably my best year. I went out and played every game to the best of my ability. My biggest focus in the off-season was to get my feet and hands as quick as they can be. I also tried to add power with upper body strength. I was a good year to go out and win state and a national championship."

Although Perry holds offers from traditional powerhouses like Nebraska and UCLA, he says he's leaning toward Ivy League colleges and now, with their recent offer, Vanderbilt.

"I'll be making an official to Dartmouth right after the Vanderbilt official visit," he said. "I'm not sure right now about Harvard, Yale, or Columbia. Those are mainly the ones I'm looking at the most right now. The biggest thing for me after football is academics. I'm looking at the magnitude of the degree. When I go for a job after college, I want to show them exhibit A, which is my degree from a Dartmouth or a Vanderbilt, and have it mean something to potential employers. I'm also looking at the place itself. I want to be in a place where I can be myself and have a good time. The last thing I want out of my school is to be around people who want to prosper and be successful. I want to surround myself with people who are trying achieve great things, things no one has ever done before.

"I may make a commitment on my birthday, January 1st, before I take my visits. I've always wanted to do that. I may decide to wait though and see how I feel afterward."

Perry's last high school game was on Saturday, December 6th at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. The Gaels overcame a 21-21 tie in the second quarter to steamroll to a 70-28 win over Reed in the NIAA Division I state championship game. After the season, Perry was selected First Team All-City and First Team All-State.

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