Perkins Hearing From Coach Dykes

Russell Perkins, the senior LB/RB from Arlington (TX) Sam Houston High School, is receiving interest from Louisiana Tech and the goodwill is mutual...

Russell Perkins got a pleasant surprise in the mail yesterday: A handwritten note from Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes.

"I was surprised and shocked to get that," said Perkins (6-0, 195). "I feel great about it. I can see myself playing in red, white and blue. Those are the same colors as my high school.

"I'm ready for a visit and plan on making my commitment choice by Christmas."

Last year, Perkins played the role of an undersized defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid and played it well. He recorded 108 tackles and 12 stops for the Texans. At a recent Oklahoma Sooners camp, Perkins was timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash with a 4.27 shuttle.

"I'm an all-around player who does whatever it takes to help my team," he said. "Most coaches say I remind them of DeMarcus Ware. I love to blitz, and I can also cover speedy receivers. I've heard people compare me to Ronnie Lott.

"I can do anything on the field. I like hitting people and I also like scoring. Tulsa is looking at me as an athlete. I can also play offense (at RB). Coach Greg Peterson at Tulsa really likes my speed; I'm the fastest player at my school. I've run a 4.47 at school."

Perkins met Tech assistant coach Kevin Curtis during the spring evaluation period, and he hopes to have further contact soon with Dykes, Curtis and the rest of the Bulldogs' staff.

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