Marcus Perkins Jr., missed the majority of his junior season with the exception of the first three quarters in the season opener. Against Rockwall Heath, he would suffer a hairline fracture to his foot early in the 4th quarter. The injury would keep him on the sideline the rest of the season.
So that's why Perkins will be the first to tell you that the recruiting attention he's received so far has been a blessing. Just this week alone, Arkansas, LSU and Texas have all extended junior day invitees to the 5'9" 165lb athlete from Garland Naaman Forest HS. With the Razorbacks already talking about an offer.
With national programs knocking at his door, Perkins opened some eyes with his thoughts on UTSA and where they currently stand.
"I talk to Coach Roark on a regular basis, he's a real good guy. At this point already, UTSA is my favorite. Coach Roark and I have great conversations," said Perkins.
The Runners have some very stiff competition for the electric athlete. Including the aforementioned schools, SMU, UTEP, Kansas, Arizona State, Minnesota, Kansas State, Florida and a litany of BCS schools have already reached out.
UTSA is recruiting Perkins as a slot receiver and someone who could also contribute on the return units.
"I'm very aggressive, agile, and fast. I don't mind getting down and dirty, running between the lines and over the middle. I have great hands and run great routes. I'm a student of the game," said Perkins.
With his high interest in the 'Runners, Perkins says that he will assuredly be in San Antonio for UTSA's junior day.
"Coach Coker & Roark came to the school today. I know for sure that I'll be attending UTSA's junior day on Feb 16th. If UTSA offers, it would mean a lot to me. It would be my first offer. They have my full undivided attention. Even if I have other offers I won't shy away from UTSA. It would mean the world to me."
Perkins has been a starter on varsity since his freshman season. For his senior year he does intend to play both offense and defense.
With the flood of recent interest, he's already thought about his decision. He plans on going to summer school so he can get a head and graduate in December to be an early enrollee. At the moment, he intends to wait and not make a decision before the season starts.
Perkins is currently running track and doing power lifting. He benches 250lbs and squats 420. He recently ran a hand held 40 time of 4.37 and a laser time of 4.4 flat.