Clemson offered 4-star CB Jalen Perry on Thursday, giving the Georgia commit something to think about
On Thursday, Clemson entered the picture for Dacula (Ga.) four-star cornerback Jalen Perry, extending a scholarship offer to the class of 2019 Georgia commitment.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Perry, who said he’s excited to receive the offer.
“It felt great,” Perry said. “Clemson has always been a school, growing up, that I watched on TV. I always kind of said to myself that I really want to have an offer from that school one day. Just a great program athletically and academically.
“They’ve obviously had some success lately, been to several consecutive College Football Playoffs, won a national championship two years ago. They’ve had success, so it feels great to have an offer from such a prestigious program.”
Perry (6-1, 175) has been in frequent contact with Clemson cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and area recruiter Mickey Conn, so the offer didn’t come as a complete surprise.
“I’ve been chatting with Clemson’s coaches quite a bit, specifically coach Conn and coach Reed,” Perry said. “We’ve been talking back and forth for a little while, so it wasn’t a complete surprise because they told me that they like me and that I really fit Clemson, their scheme.”
Perry visited Clemson for the first time last fall when he witnessed the Tigers’ victory over Auburn in September.
A return visit to Clemson appears likely to happen for Perry at some point.
“It’s something I’ll be thinking about,” he said. “I’ll have to look at my schedule and see when I can possibly fit that in, but it’s definitely something I’m thinking about. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens sometime the future.”
Right now, Perry has only set one unofficial visit — to Georgia for its spring game in late April.
Perry, who committed to Georgia last October, said he remains firm on the pledge but is listening to what other suitors have to say.
“My commitment stands strong,” he said. “I’m still solid with those guys and communicate with them very often. So I’m still solid with them, but also open to hearing what other schools have to say. I’m still keeping my options open as far as just in case, because you never know what might happen. Definitely 100 percent committed still, but still hearing other people out.”
With that said, the Tigers gave Perry something to think about with their offer.
“They’re a really good program,” he said. “Great coaches, great people over there. Just a great football program, so it’s definitely a school that I have a ton of respect for and am going to keep my eye on for sure. They stand high on my list I would say.”
As a junior in 2017, Perry recorded 41 tackles, three interceptions, 14 pass deflections and a caused fumble. Offensively, Perry totaled 637 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on 43 carries as well as 22 receptions for 437 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned 10 kicks for 225 yards.
Perry was named first-team All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following the season.