Cal One of NorCal Back's Newest Suitors

Lodi (Calif.) running back Jordan Perkins has two offers from UTEP and Stanford, where he visits this weekend, with others showing strong interest. A few more schools are coming into the picture, including California and Illinois. He spoke with both schools on Monday…

Jordan Perkins (6-0, 180) played in a double-wing offense last season rushing for 1,377 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had nine receptions for 285 yards while earning San Joaquin AA league Player of the Year honors.

Perkins competed at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last month and soon after, he received his first offer.

"I went to the U.S. Army combine in Texas that's where I was noticed," said Perkins. "The UTEP offer [surprised me]. They saw my videos and liked what they saw. The head coach Mike Price, I got to talk to him a bit when they offered. I know he is a great coach. He is a smooth talker and a very smart guy.

"I like UTEP because I can play right away. I like that they believe in me. They tell me I can come in and play as a freshman."

Perkins isn't against playing in the Lone Star State, but two schools closer to home are also in the mix. While Stanford has offered and will welcome him this weekend for junior day, Cal has just begun its pursuit.

"I'm starting to talk to Cal a little bit more," said Perkins. "I called and talked to [WR] Coach [Kevin] Daft today (Monday). I'm going to head out to one of their junior days and spring practice."

Perkins says he will likely attend Cal's traditional Junior Day that coincides with the final day of spring practice on Cal Day. His conversations with the Golden Bear coaches have just begun, but he liked what Coach Daft had to say.

"He seems like a cool young guy," said Perkins. "They haven't offered. He doesn't want me to be an early commit because they are still evaluating me. He wants me to come out and meet [RB] Coach [Ron] Gould. He said they are interested."

Perkins is not looking to commit early anyhow. He wants to take his visits and go through the process. "My parents and I talk a lot, I want to take my five visits," he added. First, he will take a few unofficial visits, attend some combines and camp throughout the summer. His first stop will be in Palo Alto on Sunday.

"I'm pretty excited, I loved the facilities," Perkins said about his upcoming junior day visit. "I want to able to talk to [head] Coach [Jim] Harbaugh."

Perkins has not started the lengthy admission process for the Cardinal, but he isn't too concerned. "In a way, it makes me want to go there more," he added about the admission requirements. "But I'm not going to stop considering other schools. Obviously, Stanford is in my top three because of their program, academics and my major."

He is interested in majoring in forensic science and criminal law. Regardless of his choice, he is doing his work in the classroom. "My GPA is a 3.57," he added. "Core GPA is 3.2. I took the SAT and scored 1500 on the three-part. But I plan to take it again and take the ACT."

Besides the Bay Area Pac-10 programs, Oregon, Washington and Washington State are also showing strong interest. "I've talked to Washington the most," added Perkins. "[DB] Coach [Jeff] Mills and I have a pretty good relationship. I think Washington is pretty close to offering. Coach Mills said the staff watched my film, liked it and are in middle of evaluating me."

He says Cal Poly recently emailed his dad expressing their interest. "It said, ‘we want him and we are always interested,'" added Perkins. "UCLA has also asked for my transcripts."

The Prairie State is also keeping a close watch on Perkins. "I talked with Illinois today (Monday). Northwestern is recruiting me too."

Perkins plans to register and attend next month's Badger/New Level Athletics 7on7 Passing Camp. The Nike Camp at Stanford in May is on his schedule. As well, he plans to attend summer camps at Washington and UTEP with possible stops at Cal, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Save UTEP, none of his other suitors is telling him exactly where he fits into their plans. "They haven't said too much, I look at the roster and depth charts to see who they have ahead of me," said Perkins.

"I'm just ready to come in and compete."

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