USC junior DE Nick Perry has decided to enter the 2012 NFL draft, the school announced Saturday.
"We counseled Nick throughout his decision-making process and we stand behind him on this decision," USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. "His career progression at USC continued climbing to a point where he was ready to make the jump to the NFL. He was an awesome pass rushing for us and he created havoc throughout the Pac-12 this year in a league that featured many of the nation's most dangerous passing offenses. He will be a valued addition to any NFL team and should be an attractive choice in the upcoming draft.
"We value Nick's time and efforts at USC and appreciate the standard he set for the defensive linemen who will follow him here. We wish him much future success and know he'll be another great Trojan in the NFL."
Perry, a two-year starter, had 54 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 9½ sacks in 2011. The 6-3, 250-pound Detroit native added three batted passes and three forced fumbles.