Posted: 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 Class of 2015 football recruits: No. 5 Charles Perry

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By Anthony Chiang

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The fifth-ranked player on the Class of 2015 Big Board is the only one in the top 10 who has currently committed to a school. As of now, he’s a Hurricane, but, as always, a lot can change between now and signing day.

No. 5 Charles Perry, Linebacker, Royal Palm Beach

6-foot-2, 200 pounds

Committed to Miami

Q & A with Perry

Q: Do you like being compared to Palm Beach Gardens linebacker Tevon Coney?

A: Sometimes. It lets me know where I’m at and where I need to work harder. We’re great linebackers, but we can always get better.

Q: Where does your commitment with Miami stand?

A: My commitment is strong, but I’m also keeping my options open. You never know what will happen in the long run. Something could happen out of nowhere, so it’s good to keep your options open.

Q: Why did you decide to commit to Miami before your junior season?

A: I love the campus and I’ve been a Miami fan since growing up. I know the history of the program.

Q: Some programs are recruiting you as a running back. Would you rather play as a linebacker or running back in college?

A: I want to play as a linebacker. I feel like as a linebacker, you can last longer. I’m looking at the long run. I look up a lot of stuff and the average running back probably lasts three or four years in the league. I would rather hit than be hit.

Coach’s take: “Charles is so fast and a lot of people recruiting him don’t know if he’s not an offensive player. I think that’s what sets him apart from anybody I’ve seen. He has the ability to close and his athleticism is off the charts. At the same time, he’s very physical. He’s what you want.” — Royal Palm Beach head coach Willie Bueno

Last year’s stats: Perry totaled 90 tackles and 10 tackles for loss as a junior. He also added eight sacks and one interception.

Breakdown: Perry is the most athletic linebacker in the county. After delivering a hard hit, he will jump in on offense, take a handoff and run 70 yards for a touchdown. Few linebackers can pull this off, but Perry’s combination of speed and strength makes him special.

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