West Point Has a Special Meaning for Perkins

Juneau Douglas (Ak) linebacker Jack Perkins has been a busy man this summer. From attending summer football camps at Missouri, Idaho, and Oregon, to participating in the Nike Combine in Los Angeles, to heading back to Alaska to prepare for his senior season, the All-State performer has barely had a minute to stop and reflect on his recruitment.

Case in point, Perkins was back in action last weekend, taking to the field in the Bears' 41-0 victory over conference rival West Valley. For Perkins, who doubled as a linebacker and offensive guard for Juneau Douglas a year ago, it was his first experience as a fullback in his team's new look offense. Perkins did not disappoint, and despite his inexperience at the position he ran for three touchdowns in the Bears' win, including a 31-yard jaunt in which he broke several tackles to power his way into the endzone.


Having gotten the first game of the season out of the way, Perkins recently took the time to update ArmySports.com on his recruitment, saying that West Point is still high on his list of potential college destinations. While he does not have a scholarship offer from Army, Perkins reported that he is well on his way towards pursuing a future as a Cadet.


"I already have a Presidential nomination," explained Perkins, who has a cumulative high school GPA of 3.61 heading into the fall semester of his senior year.  "I have an appointment for my West Point physical and continue getting other admission requirements taken care of.  I received an invitation from the Army coaches to attend an Army game and plan to do that on either October 24 or November 14 after my season ends here."


Army isn't the only program to have taken notice of Perkins, who camped at Idaho, Missouri, and Oregon this summer in addition to touring FCS schools like Montana State and Southern Illinois. Perkins said that he performed extremely well at the camps he attended during June and July, and feels confident that his showing will eventually lead to multiple scholarship offers.


"In my visits to universities and in my attendance at camps this summer, I feel I stacked up very well against recruits from across the country," Perkins said.


"In all the camps, I ran [the 40-yard sash] at 4.8 seconds or less, so I was in the ball park of the 4.68 I was clocked at the April National Underclassmen Combine in Boise. I went to the Nike combine and ran the 40 slightly slower but had a 32.5 vertical, which was better than I had performed at the National Underclassmen Combine in April."


While Perkins had positive things to say about all the universities he toured over the summer, he explained that when it came to a potential college destination, Army is in a league of its own.


"Army is in a different category," Perkins maintained.  "Playing for Army holds special meaning, not just because of its Division 1 status, but because of what it represents….country, honor, and service.  West Point is so much more than just a Division 1 school so playing for Army (or another service academy like Navy) would be as good as it gets."


Perkins said that Army' recent scheduling moves, which include future games against Notre Dame and Boston College in Yankee Stadium, have especially peaked his interest in the Black Knight football program.


"Playing in Yankee Stadium and the new CBS Sports coverage are extremely appealing," added Perkins.  


Since speaking to ArmySports.com in June, Perkins has received newfound interest from a number of programs from across the country. One of those programs is Army's rival, Navy, which has begun recruiting Perkins within the last month. Perkins said that he has been in contact with members of the Navy coaching staff over email, and that he recently sent film into the Naval Academy, which has defeated Army in the last seven Army-Navy games.


As far as the other programs which are currently recruiting Perkins, he had the following to say about where he stands in relation to a potential scholarship offer.


Idaho- "I think Idaho is the closest to making an offer. I attended Idaho's camp this summer and their recruiting coach (Luther Carr) was really encouraging after the camp, even mentioning a potential scholarship. He wants game tape from the first three weeks this season and I am hoping an offer will come in after that."


Missouri- "I was also encouraged after the Missouri camp in St. Louis. I went to Columbia after the camp and met with the coaches and recruiting director. They said I was on their board. I think they are waiting to see where other 2010 players they have made offers to commit before going to the next level of offers."


Southern Illinois- "I really liked Southern Illinois. Their coach is really great and they are building a new stadium. There is a really great feeling to that campus. Southern Illinois and Lewis and Clark send me letters designating me as a ‘top" recruit but I am not sure what that means in terms of where I fall in line for a scholarship offer."


Perkins will be back at work this week in preparation for the rest of the Juneau Douglas season, but said that he will continue in his quest to earn a Division 1 scholarship offer. While he knows that it is difficult to receive exposure in Alaska, he has already made plans to send updated highlight films from his first few games of the 2009 season to all the schools currently in contact with him. And while he remains open to attending any number of Division 1 universities, Perkins continues to express a high degree of interest in playing for Army.


Stay Tuned to ArmySports.com all season as we continue to update you on Jack Perkins and the rest of Army's 2010 recruiting prospects.


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