Ohio State gets its first 2012 recruit


Olentangy junior linebacker Joshua Perry

The Buckeyes’ recruiting roll continues. But this time it is the first 2012
commitment the Ohio State staff has added to the program. OSU has 16 commitments for 2011. The Ohio State staff stayed close to home as well with their newest addition.

The Buckeyes’ recruiting roll continues. But this time it is 2012 commitment No. 1 the Ohio State staff has added to the program to go along with the 15 commitments they have for 2011.

The Ohio State staff has stayed close to home with their newest commitment. Linebacker Joshua Perry (Olentangy, Ohio/Olentangy) has become the first class of 2012 prospect to make a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes.

“I committed,” Perry said. “I told coach (Jim) Tressel.”

Less than two days after an impressive showing on Thursday and Friday at the Ohio State 2-Day Position Camp for rising sophomores and juniors, Perry landed a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

Perry then followed up with a visit to OSU late this afternoon.  He and his parents as well as Olentangy coach Ed Terwilliger sat down with Jim Tressel.  Perry then committed to the Buckeyes.

“Coach Tressel talked a little about football, but he talked a lot about people,” Perry said.  “Coach Tressel runs a great program.  He works on developing people.”

Perry picked Ohio State over Cincinnati, Michigan State and West Virginia.  Being familiar with the Ohio State program played into his decision as did academics.

“I like the people I’ll be surrounded by a lot,” Perry said.  “I’ve known some of them since I was a freshman.

“I like the academic things  Ohio State can offer.  And they have a good study table.”

The 6-foot-3 and 220-pound Perry had a very good sophomore season for the Braves and has carried the momentum into the summer camp season. In his first season as a varsity starter Perry played outside linebacker and made 60 plus tackles.

In addition to being one of the top 2012 football prospects in the state of Ohio, Perry is also an outstanding student sporting a 3.8 plus GPA.

Kurelic’s Comment: In my ‘buzz’ from the first day of the OSU 2-Day Position Camp I singled out Perry as one of the top performers and said he was a definite candidate for an Ohio State offer. Perry is long, athletic and runs well. He is also still growing, and while he will probably begin his Ohio State career as a linebacker, tight end or defensive end is not out of the question down the road.

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