Vanderbilt kicks off new year with commitment

Vanderbilt reeled in a top-flight defensive tackle on Saturday when Las Vegas, Nev., prospect Jackson Perry announced his verbal commitment to the Commodores.

Jackson Perry bio

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Perry who played high school ball at Bishop Gorman selected the Commodores over offers from UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado State, and Utah State.

"It was Eric Lammers (of Vanderbilt) who first started talking to me about what the Commodores had to offer," Perry told "Then I started developing a relationship with Coach (Frank) Maile. I took a visit down there and loved the school, the campus, the community. It was just a great feeling I had when I was down there. Coach Maile was telling me I was his number one guy but if I was going to keep looking at this point, then he would have to as well. I decided to go with it and give him my commitment.

"I'm going down to Nashville to enjoy my time and live it up. You get the best of both worlds at Vanderbilt with football in the SEC and a top-of-the-line education. One big thing was my relationship with Coach Maile. I love the guy. He's very straight-forward. When he came to Nevada, he went out and ate with me and my family and we really got to know him as a person. He's much like my d-line coach here at Bishop Gorman. I know he'll coach me into a better player in the next four-five years and won't be afraid to tell me what I'm doing right or wrong. I think it will be a great relationship.

"Vanderbilt likes me at defensive tackle in a 3-4 scheme. They like to bring two outside linebackers up and play like a 5-2 in an effort of stop that run. They have a nose tackle and two three or five techniques on both sides. They see me as one of those two guys who can stuff the run up the middle or make a few moves and put some pressure on the quarterback. I thought being able to stop the run was what I was best at in high school. At Bishop Gorman, we pride ourselves that no one can run on us and I know that's a big thing as well in SEC football.

Perry was an integral part of the Bishop Gorman dynasty which has included six straight state championships. Although he says he's ready to bring that winning attitude into the Commodore program, Perry knows he has to pay his dues to get early playing time.

"My goal next season is to get bigger, faster, and stronger," he said. "I'm going in to learn the techniques, the schemes, everything I need to, and then perform to the best of my ability. After I learn what I need to, I'll be ready to play, but if I'm not needed right away then I'll use the redshirt season to continue to improve myself and my game.

"It actually feels really good to have decided and know exactly where I'll be going for college. I may still take a couple of trips, but I'm set in my mind and glad to be done with the recruiting process. I'm excited about Vanderbilt. I'm looking forward to getting to know Coach Mason more. It was Coach Maile who I mainly talked to, but I have talked briefly with Coach Mason and think he'll be a good head man to play for and prepare me for my future. My parents are very excited. My mom keeps asking why I have to go so far away, but my dad has always wanted me to have the opportunity to play big-time football and can't wait to watch me do it down at Vandy."

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