January 17, 2010

Perry talks UA visit

Four-star safety Nick Perry is among the headliners of Alabama's star-studded defensive back class and this weekend the Prattville headhunter took his official visit to Tuscaloosa.

"Robert Lester was my host - he is a cool guy. He showed me all of the places to go in Tuscaloosa. He showed me the dorm rooms and they are really nicer than you would expect. I spent a lot of time with Don'ta Hightower as well. He is a cool guy, really down to earth. I figured since he was a star it would be hard for me to get to know him, but he was just as nice as anyone else. He looks like he is really recovering from his injury. You can't tell he was even hurt."

Perry got a chance to talk at length with head coach Nick Saban and left the meeting optimistic about his future at the Capstone.

"Coach Saban and I talked and he told me he couldn't wait till I got up there. There is going to be a lot of opportunity for early playing time because of the loss of six seniors and a junior. I could come in and compete. He said he thought I was smart enough guy to come in and learn the system early."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Perry was also impressed with the Tide's National Championship celebration held in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.

"That was big. I didn't think that many people would show up. I plan on being a part of several more when I am down there."

With so many committed prospects in town for their official visits, Perry and others got a chance to meet and begin to bond as future classmates and teammates.

"I met Phillip Sims and John Fulton and Jalston Fowler. DeMarcus Milliner too. They are saying they love college life right now and said it is much better than high school. They said they are glad they got in early because they can get their time management in order before it gets rough this summer."

Perry, who holds a GPA of 3.7 and 24 on his ACT, said he already has his academic plans set for when he arrives at Alabama.

"I would like to major in information systems management. You have to have a back up plan if football doesn't work out, and you can make a lot of money with computers."


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