Bulls lose one DE, get pledge from 6-7 Perry
USF lost an early commitment from Louisiana defensive end Ryan Brown, who is now committed to Mississippi State, but the Bulls picked up another at the same position Thursday as Daniel Perry, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound recruit from Fort Lauderdale chose the Bulls during a campus visit.
Perry chose the Bulls over an offer from Oregon, citing a desire to stay closer to home -- he's been aware of USF's program since the Bulls recruited his brother David, also a 6-7 defensive end now at Miami.
"It's a great atmosphere -- when I spoke with my family about this decision, we decided this was the best place for me," said Perry, who also plays basketball and is a triple-jumper in track.
Perry had 84 tackles as a junior at University School, with three sacks and an interception, but his coach said his best assets might be more intangible as a vocal leader on his team.
"He's a student of the game -- very smart, and he's a leader out there for us," coach Roger Harriott said. "He has an exceptional work ethic, but physically, he's very explosive, with a long wingspan. He's an intellectual. When you talk to him, you feel like you're talking to an adult."
Perry, whose parents are from Jamaica, was recruited to USF by tight ends coach Larry Scott, as well as his future position coach, Vernon Hargreaves. You can check out a highlight video of him from Youtube here. He is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, with a two-star rating from Scout.com.