Carroll calling, again?

INDIANAPOLIS – As a senior at Detroit’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Nick Perry had a dream. And he was ready to fulfill it by playing his college ball at the University of Michigan.

But when Lloyd Carr was suddenly out as coach of the Wolverines, it opened the door for Pete Carroll and the University of Southern California Trojans. Carroll, of course, is now in his third year as coach of the Seahawks.

“It was the opportunity of a lifetime,” Perry said today at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I wanted to be a part of something great. USC, the teams before me, I wanted to be a part of that great tradition. I was going to choose Michigan, but Lloyd Carr left. I didn’t know where I would end up at Michigan. The next-best thing was Pete Carroll and being a part of that tradition.”

Perry, an explosive pass-rusher who led the Pac-12 in sacks last season, is not only considered one of the top defensive ends in this draft class, he is drawing some comparisons to Chris Clemons – who has led the Seahawks in sacks the past two seasons.

Carroll has targeted improving the Seahawks’ pass rush as a primary goal this offseason. How would Perry feel about playing for his first college coach again, this time in the NFL?

“It would be great. I wouldn’t mind it,” Perry said with a smile. “I think I know the system and I think I play well in it.”

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