“Thanks to the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity to pursue my education and play football,” the 6-foot-2, 205 pound athlete wrote. “All the best to my advisors, professors, rector, teammates, coaches and the Fighting Irish fans. At this time, I am electing to transfer and continue my educational goals and football career elsewhere.”
Perry, who hails from Newnan, Ga., did not name his ultimate destination.
In his freshman campaign, Perry appeared — but did not start — in games against the Texas Longhorns, Nevada Wolf Pack, Michigan State Spartans, Syracuse Orange, Miami Hurricanes and Army Black Knights. He played zero defensive snaps and did not record a tackle on special teams.
Perry had a chance to reset expectations with the arrival of new defensive coordinator Mike Elko, but it appears that did not work out in his favor.
Perry was high school teammates with running back Tony Jones Jr. at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. The 3-star athlete backed out of his original commitment — to the Florida Gators — after attending Irish Invasion, Notre Dame’s summer camp for recruits. Ten days later, he joined the Irish’s class of 2016.
Classmate and fellow defensive back Julian Love tweeted his thoughts.