Perkins talks Michigan Camp, Interest

Barrington (Ill.) 2017 defensive end Jackson Perkins discusses his time at Michigan’s recent camp, his interest level, and more.

One of the top performers from this past weekend at Michigan’s Fifth Quarter camp was Barrington (Ill.) 2017 defensive end Jackson Perkins. The rising defensive lineman prospect reflects back at his stellar camp performance.

“I thought I performed really well at the camp,” Perkins told The Michigan Insider. “I love the way that the camp is structured because everything is a competition, which helps me run and move faster. I placed 1st out the offensive linemen/defensive linemen for the 30 yard race, the 20 yard back pedal race, and 2nd for a timed tackling simulator drill. I also was in 1st for the 15 yard ladder, but my hand missed the last line, so I had to go back and touch it! As far as the technique drills went, I felt that I ripped through those no problem. It was an awesome time and I definitely look forward to coming back!”

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound speed rusher definitely grabbed the attention of the Wolverine coaching staff and knows he will be someone they monitor moving forward.

“I have met (Defensive Line) Coach (Greg) Mattison in the past before, and it was good to catch up with him,” said Perkins. “He said that I performed really well in the camp and he thinks that I am going to be a great player. He also said that they are going to keep an eye on me throughout the rest of summer. In addition to Coach Mattison, I talked to the “Colonel”, who kept eyes on me throughout the camp and he talked with my family and I about Michigan and the coaching staff for the duration of our lunch. They welcomed me by introducing me to the whole staff as well.”

While Perkins holds multiple offers, he has yet to land one from the Maize and Blue. Still, his interest in the Wolverines hasn’t dropped and is a school he could envision himself at.

“Michigan has always been a school that I have wanted to go to,” said Perkins. “Obviously, it would be a dream come true if I were to attend many schools around the country that are recruiting me, but Michigan will always be one of those. I have to say that I have been to Michigan the most out of any school that has recruited me, just because throughout my life, I have been a Michigan fan. I am happy about the way things went for me up in Ann Arbor, and I look forward to being recruited by the Michigan staff!”

Perkins will be going to the Irish invasion this weekend, then a camp at Vanderbilt the following weekend. He also plans to visit The Naval Academy and Yale sometime this summer as well.

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