Perkins pledges to Sun Devils

When it comes to thin depth charts on the 2011 ASU squad none are greater than the cornerback position. This is why the addition of JC transfer Demarkus Perkins, who committed to ASU today, is a significant boost for the maroon and gold.

"I always felt that Arizona State was the right (choice)," said the Highland CC (Kan.) standout via text message, "but I didn't want to rush things and really wanted to be patient with the recruiting.

"ASU was my only visit because I didn't feel the need to wait for other (visits)."

The 6-1 200 Demarkus Perkins was pursued by Minnesota, Indiana and Florida International. The fact that he is on track to graduate his community college in one year and have three years of eligibility remaining naturally made him an attractive prospect this late in the 2011 recruiting process.

Perkins visited ASU a couple of weeks and ago and gave that experience glowing reviews.

"I liked everything I saw," Perkins said in a previous interview. "I loved talking to all the coaches there. I really enjoyed talking to the head man himself, Dennis Erickson, and about his history and the history of Arizona State and the players they had like Terrell Suggs, Pat Tillman and Jake Plummer. I didn't know much about the history (of the program) and I guess that was the thing that surprised me the most. That was just amazing to me.

Because of the final exams schedule then Perkins said that he didn't get to meet a lot of the team players. Nonetheless, a tandem of current Sun Devils he did encounter on his trip were ultimately invaluable sources of knowledge concerning the ASU program.

"Eddie Elder explained to me the transition from a junior college to a university and I really enjoyed that," Perkins described. "He told me how much of a good fit it was for him. One thing I admire about Arizona State is that they have a lot of junior college transfers so the academic advisors there can understand where I'm coming from.

I also talked to the cornerback Omar Bolden who blew out his knee and he told me about the opportunity that Arizona State gave him and how I can get the same opportunity especially after him going in the spring. The cornerback is pretty much an open position there right now."

As a freshman all-conference player for the Scotties last fall, Perkins played both safety and corner, totaling 36 tackles, one interception and eight passes defended. While his versatility is certainly one of his most attractive traits, the ASU coaches made no secret as to which role they would like him fulfill with the maroon and gold.

"They want me to play at cornerback," Perkins commented. "They like my size, how quick I can move and my speed (Perkins reported a 40-yard dash time of 4.4). Pretty much they just liked my overall ability and the fact that I have the size to play safety but that I can also play corner. I have good tackling ability and also good man to man skills.

"I don't care which position I play, but I probably like corner a little better."

The initial contact between ASU and Perkins began less than two weeks ago, ironically while the Sun Devils were recruiting another JC corner, Eastern Arizona's Travell Dixon, who Perkins knows from back home in Florida.

"After Omar went down with his knee they (ASU) were starting to look for corners," Perkins explained. "The head coach at Eastern Arizona heard about me because I'm good friends with Travell and we always talked about playing together in college. Travell liked his visit here (to ASU) and told me I would like it too. Arizona State got to see my film and saw that I had a chance to graduate in the summer and help them this year.

"One thing led to another and that's how I started talking to them. It's just been a blessing that they have been recruiting me."

Perkins prepped at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Fla. but since he was 17 when he graduated by his own admission he lacked the physical and mental maturity to play the game at a higher level. He sat out football for one year and enrolled last spring at Highland.

On pace to earn his AA degree in a couple of months, currently taking 20 credits and slated to take nine more units over the summer, suffice to say that immaturity is hardly a trait you can associate anymore with Perkins.

"I have all A's and B's in my classes now," Perkins remarked. "Academics are really important to me. In high school I didn't take my grades seriously and now I'm about to graduate as a freshman which most people think is very uncommon.

"I promised my father that I will get a college degree and that is something very important to me."

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