June 6, 2006

UM can thank Notre Dame for latest commitment

A year ago, Keller, Texas, Fossil Ridge High School coach Hal Wasson had a heart-to-heart with defensive tackle Chris Perry.

"I told him he had the size, speed and ability to go anywhere in the country," Wasson said. "And he said `Really?' He didn't realize. This is what you do high school coaching for, kids like Chris."

One thing Perry knew even before that meeting with Wasson: If he had a choice, he wanted to be a Miami Hurricane.

"When I first watched NFL football, they said Warren Sapp went to Miami and he's my idol," Perry said. "So that started my interest in them and I grew to love them.

"I love that school, just the way they run the program, the way they're always winning, the talent they're always recruiting. It's just somewhere I want to be."

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