December 21, 2011

Perry excited about future at Ohio State

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With the sanctions now handed down by the NCAA, many members of the Ohio State recruiting class are looking to move forward and play with the hand they have been dealt. For Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy linebacker Josh Perry, the first commit in the Buckeyes' 2012 class, the last 18 months have been quite a roller coaster. Despite the coaching changes and the off-field distractions, Perry remains more optimistic than ever about the Ohio State football program.

"I know down there (at Ohio State), they're taking it as sort of a positive thing," explained Perry of the sanctions. "Even though the seniors can't go to a bowl game, and that's not good, they're going to get a year to kind of rebuild and try to focus on the future of the program. In the second year, we'll be playing in a bowl game and hopefully we'll be playing for a national championship."

Perry has remained committed to Ohio State through two coaching changes and never during the process did he waver on his initial decision. Ultimately, Perry is extremely optimistic about the coaching staff the Buckeyes have assembled.

"The first thing I saw out of coach (Urban) Meyer was the intensity that he has about the game," Perry said. "He's also a family guy and that shows that he's going to take care of all of the guys while they're down there. Everybody on that staff is easy to talk to and all of the recruits get along with the coaches and I think that's a really big thing because for the next three, four, or five years, these are going to be the guys that are taking care of us."

The NCAA sanctions came smack in the middle of one of the most impressive recruiting runs in recent memory as Meyer had just secured three verbal commitments in the last 8 days from Rivals100 prospects. Perry is confident that the positive recruiting momentum generated recently will not soon be coming to a hault.

"One thing that people shouldn't forget is that even though we have the sanctions, we are still getting the best players in the nation," Perry said. "We're still going to be a good football team. We're going to use everything that has happened as a positive thing. We're going to keep going at it in recruiting, we're going to keep bringing in the best players, and we're going to play the best football in the nation."

On the recruiting front, Perry has certainly been doing his part as he keeps in regular contact with the other commits in the class as well as the prospects that are still on the fence.

"I've just been texting a lot of guys and talking on facebook here and there, just seeing where their heads are at," Perry explained. "I hear a lot of positive things from the guys that I've been talking to so I'm really excited about that. I pretty much get the feeling from most of the guys that they know what the situation at Ohio State is going to be."

With all that this class has been through in the last year, Perry says that the group has become closer than a typical recruiting class.

"I think we're all really close," he said. "I think the coolest thing about this class is that the first 13 or 14 guys in this class are all from Ohio. It wasn't really that hard for everybody to get together at one point or another. I think that's helped us become very close and I'm looking forward to what's going to happen. We all had a good time on the official visit and we had a good time with the uncommitted guys too."

Perry feels the closeness of this class won't just help off the field but will equate to winning football games on Saturday's as well.

"It definitely helps," he said. "Communication is one of the biggest things. If you don't know a guy well off the field, it's going to be a little bit harder to communicate (on the field) because you may not be able to get through to them."

Perry made sure to remind Ohio State fans what they can expect out of next year's team, despite the bowl ban.

"We're just going to play hard," he said. "We going to show that we deserve to have a good bowl game and we deserve to be in the national spotlight."

For Perry, the excitement will begin very soon as he got his high school diploma this week and will start classes at Ohio State on January 3rd.

"We actually did a pep rally, so I thought I was really exciting," he said. "I got to get my diploma with all of my peers watching and my parents down in front of me. It was really exciting. I'm just looking forward to meeting new people (at Ohio State)."

Perry is rated a four-star prospect by and a top 10 player in the state of Ohio for the 2012 recruiting class.


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