Four-star defensive tackle Chris Perry is not backing off the idea of taking visits since committing to Miami. In fact, he's got two dates already set up and more are possible in the coming weeks.
Nonetheless, the 6-foot-3, 319-pounder says that he doesn't see himself de-committing from the Hurricanes any time soon. The process now has turned "stressful" for the talented defensive tackle and he's very confused on what he'd like to do. The visits are the first step to ironing the whole process out.
"Yeah, I'm supposed to be visiting Nebraska the week of Nov. 4 because I have a game that Thursday, so I can fly out Friday morning," Perry said. "Then, the next week I'm going to visit Oklahoma for the Texas Tech game."
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Florida was supposed to be another school on his short list, but he says as of now, he hasn't really talked with them. He's also still planning on making an official to Miami and says that he spoke with his recruiter Mario Cristobal this past week through text messages.
Perry says that he knows taking visits is a risk on his commitment.
"When I was down there this summer, coach Todd Berry told me that if I look around then they're going to look around. I guess I'm taking a risk that they'll pull my offer. Then again, I might be able to take visits and still have my spot.
"It's just very confusing right now."
Again, Perry says that the season record had nothing to do with his decision to look around. What did have an effect was several of his teammates talking about visits and him not wanting to miss the chance to see several college campuses.
As of now, he says his commitment to Miami hasn't dissolved and is still in the books.
Perry also added that Nebraska and Oklahoma are two schools that really jumped out at him when he wanted to take other trips.
"Growing up watching football, I actually didn't care for Oklahoma," Perry said. "Then you see what they've done and won, and you have to check out a respected program like that. Coach Brent Venables is cool. I met him my sophomore year when he was down looking at one of our other players.
"Nebraska, I was just really cool with coach John Blake. He's got a great resume with the Dallas Cowboys and at Nebraska, their D-line is nice. I'm a big technique guy and I know I could be coached well with coach Blake at Nebraska."
Schools that he was thinking about visiting included Notre Dame or Texas. However, he says he must improve his ACT score by two points for the Irish to be a viable option. Texas hasn't contacted him other than sending a questionnaire during his sophomore year.
"I want to be a man of my word and I gave my word to Miami when I committed," Perry said. "I don't think there is anything that could change that, but I still want to visit some places. I don't know. It's really stressful."