Perkins on the Grind

The talented receiver from Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest talks about his reasoning for a ‘soft verbal' to Texas State and what other programs are keeping tabs throughout the course of his recruitment…

Marcus Perkins, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound 4.37 speedster recently made a "soft verbal" to sign and subsequently play his college ball with Texas State.

"Really man it was timing thing for me and I like them a lot," Perkins explained.

"I made a soft verbal. I basically let the coaches know exactly how I was thinking and that I want make my final decision October, 17th around my birthday and have my final top five by the time spring ball is over with."

"The coaches were straight forward with me and just honest from the get go. They made me feel like they really want me to be there and they really want me at Texas State and they want to build something around me, so I can be the leader for the 2014 class."

"Texas State is definitely in my top five and I want to find four more schools I really like and I want to go visit."

It seems that it would take really something special for Perkins to rethink his commitment, but he does have some major BCS schools looking in to his game.

"Stanford recently requested my transcript," Perkins informed. "Texas Tech and Baylor invited me to spring practice. I have talked to coach (Darrell) Wyatt at Texas and coach (David) Beaty and (Jeff) Banks at Texas A&M. I also talk to coach (Chip) Long at Arizona State.

"More and more schools are starting to come. I am just taking my time with it."

"To me it is not about what school you go to it is about what you do when you get there. I am going to stay a soft commit to Texas State until I make my final decision."

Perkins, a three-star, missed most of his junior season with an injury, but has strong game. He recently won WR MVP honors at the Next Level Athlete DFW Showcase, cementing his name on the D1 radar.

Before his injury plagued junior year, Perkins has been one of the most dangerous weapons in the DFW, earning 10-5A All-District honors as Freshman and as a Sophomore.

I feel like I am just a playmaker," Perkins answered when asked about his strengths. "Get the ball in my hands anyway you can. However you wanna use me I can do it. I can even play DB. They can count on me no matter what. I feel like I can do some great things and put up great numbers. I wanna do all the little things. That is what I bring."

"I approach the game like I am the underdog and then I let my play do the talking for me. At the end of the day colleges are going to see for themselves. I am going on a mission (this spring) to show people that it is not all talk, all hype, about me. All I care about is when I step on the field and put the cleats on is who is the best man, cause that four and five star doesn't mean anything then"

"The grind never stops," Perkins continued. "The grind is year round. I am grinding right now. I am hungry."

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