5-Star PF Reggie Perry Commits to Mississippi State After Arkansas Decommitment

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

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Thomasville power forward Reggie Perry, a 5-star recruit who recently decommitted from Arkansas, has committed to Mississippi State, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN. 

Perry made the news official in a video shared by FanRag Sports:

"He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, as he has so much respect for him," Perry's mother told Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "Plus we can get up there and see him play."

His father, Al Perry, played for the Bulldogs in the 1970s.

"Unfortunately, I had to decommit tonight with Coach [Anderson] because of personal health issues with my father," Perry said after pulling his commitment from Arkansas on July 5, per Daniels. "I have to do what is best for me and my family."

Landing the younger Perry is a huge development for the program, as they'll be bringing aboard Scout's No. 14 overall player and No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2018. At 6'8" and 230 pounds, Perry already features an imposing frame and is averaging 16.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game through 13 games at Adidas' Gauntlet Finale.

His addition will also bolster a recruiting class that was already ranked No. 15 by Scout, which includes 4-star power forward Ethan Henderson. And Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported that the Bulldogs "are also heavily the mix for 4-star guard Robert Woodard, a top-50 prospect in the Class of 2018."

For an Arkansas program coming off two NCAA tournament berths in the past three years under Mike Anderson, the future appears to be very bright.