Alex Perry made it official Wednesday, signing his letter of intent earlier today to officially become an Arizona State Sun Devil.
This signee may not have strapped up and stepped onto Frank Kush Field just yet, but he has one thing putting him above his fellow recruiting classmates: Blood.
His brother, redshirt-junior defensive back Armand Perry will be back with the Sun Devils for his fourth season, but this time he’s with his little brother Alex.
The last time the Perry brothers were on the same gridiron was at Bishop Gorman High School in 2013. Armand was a senior committed to ASU in his junior season, while Alex was just a freshman.
Alex Perry might have been put on similar lines talent-wise as his older brother, but has a chance to go above and beyond—something that was apparent even before high school when he was compared to then-Cowboy’s running back Demarco Murray.
Eighth-grade Alex Perry:
After ridiculously tearing up it at Faith Lutheran Middle School, he played four seasons of varsity football and won four state championships from 2013-16.
Here’s a look at Perry through high school:
The four-star who committed to Arizona State as a sophomore in 2014 decommitted from the Sun Devils on National Signing Day in February of 2016, then recommitted on Dec. 13, 2016.
Aside from Blake Barnett, who already had a year at Alabama, Perry is Arizona State’s No. 1 rated recruit. It’s no question that he will serve as a huge help to the Sun Devils’ pass defense that ranked dead last in 2016 and second to last in 2015 (127th).
Here’s a question to be answered:
Who’s the best Perry brother... Or who will be?
It’s easy to say Armand Perry is the better of the two right now because of experience, but taking a closer look, Alex Perry could become a Tempe star like his elder in no time.
Armand had 59 tackles (third-best on the team) in just 10 games in 2016. Next season, he’ll be a leader again in a more matured and newly coached (Phil Bennet) secondary. The redshirt junior stands at 6-feet, 195 pounds.
Alex (four-star) is a smaller 5-foot-10, 165, but has a pretty extensive recruiting resume. Aside from drawing interest from Arizona State as just a sophomore, the Sun Devil signee ranks 149th in the ESPN 300, is the sixth-best player in Nevada and is listed as the 13th best defensive back in the nation.
As for his brother, Armand (former three-star) didn’t crack the class of 2013 ESPN 300, ranked 118th in his position in the nation and was rated the eighth-best safety in Nevada.
Recruiting wise, Alex got the upper hand earning a star above his brother and even passed up offers to play from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and and Utah (all ranked in final Top 25 AP poll). Armand chose Arizona State over California, New Mexico State, Nevada and UNLV.
If Alex as good as he’s rated, he has the potential to ascend to or possibly surpass Armand’s level at some point in his career. The good news is they’re both great, and with the way ASU has been protecting the pass, both will be needed to be.
Just in case you didn’t get enough of Alex, here’s some one-on-one’s. He’s got speed, athleticism, hands and a whole load of pure talent.