Grant Perry was watching Prison Break on Sunday afternoon when he received a phone call from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, offering him a scholarship to play football for the Wolverines.
Perry, who set the single-season state record for receptions (105) this past year for Birmingham Brother Rice, talked things over with his parents and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to realize his life-long dream, accepting the offer at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
"I got a call from Coach Harbaugh a couple of hours before the Super Bowl," Perry told The Detroit News on Tuesday. "I was kind of surprised and definitely excited when he offered. I talked things over with my parents and we all came to the conclusion I had the chance to fulfill my dream of playing at Michigan."
Perry committed to Northwestern following his senior season. When he talked of his recruiting process the past few weeks, it was easy to tell he felt disrespected despite working hard during the offseason to become an elite receiver. He more than doubled his production from his junior year, going from 50 receptions during Brother Rice's Division 2 state championship season in 2013 to 105 for 1,727 yards and 20 TDs as a senior.
Perry, who was clocked at 4.4 in the 40 last summer, used his speed and route-running to catch balls in short routes and turn them into big plays or by beating defenders deep for touchdowns. He had 12 receptions for 201 yards and a school-record four touchdowns in a Prep Bowl win over Division 3 state champion Orchard Lake St. Mary's at Ford Field, grabbing a 10-yard touchdown from Alex Malzone during the final minute, then catching a 2-point conversion for the difference.
Malzone already has enrolled at Michigan.
Perry said he was a big Michigan fan while growing up in Saline before moving near Brother Rice eight years ago. His father, Mark, played sports with Harbaugh in Ann Arbor before Harbaugh moved to California to finish high school.
"I grew up watching Michigan play," Perry said. "I remember being on the field, watching Chad Henne's TD pass to Mario Manningham on the final play to beat Penn State (27-25, Oct. 15, 2005). Now, I'm going to be playing at Michigan. I'm thrilled all the hard work has paid off and my dream has come true."