The state of Missouri football class of 2015 has been undervalued for the most part in recruiting circles. However, this is a deeper class then most seem to realize.
St. Louis (MO) University City high school WR/S Ronnell Perkins 6'2" 190 4.4 forty is a prime example of a player that has flown under the radar of recruiting services.
I have been following the speedy athlete's career at U. City the past few years, and am happy to report that colleges this spring evaluation period have caught on about his talents.
I spoke with Perkins recently, following his picking up his Mizzou offer.
"I picked up my Missouri offer a few weeks ago after Coach Ford came by my school to see about me. Then he called a few days later and said they wanted to extend and offer to me," said Perkins.
Perkins went on to talk about his initial thoughts on the offer and the Tigers program at that time.
"It's good. It's really good," said Perkins. "It's SEC and they are the SEC Champions. It's the best football in the country, the academics are good, and it's close to home. I am happy that I have it."
He also spoke at that time about who his top teams and offers were.
"My top schools are Mizzou, K-State, Iowa, Kentucky and Purdue right now," Ronnell said. "Kentucky offered me last week. Iowa two weeks ago, and Purdue about three weeks ago. Kansas State was the first school to offer me. I went to their junior day back in February, and talked to the coaches, who like me as a safety, then offered………………… Besides those schools, I have also gotten offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Memphis, as well," said Perkins.
At the time, Ronnell said that he was " looking for a school that I fit in at", with both with the team and academics, and feels like home.
Fast forward to today when Perkins, who said the Tigers are recruiting him as an athlete, went to Missouri on an unofficial visit. Following the trip, he spoke with me about his time there and his thoughts on the Tigers now.
"It was real good, and I had a good time there," said Perkins. " I got to meet Coach Pinkel and speak with him, and Coach Ford, Coach Ivey, Coach Grinch and Coach Washington. I like Coach Pinkel, he's real cool. He's all about academics, which is good. I also liked what Coach Ivey had to tell me about their strength and conditioning program, and the nutrition of their athletes. It was good talking with the receivers coach and safety coach. They each seem like they want me. They said I could decide where I wanted to start out, or else they would try me at both positions…………….. I also got to see the facilities a little bit, saw the stadium and locker rooms, and stopped by their team camp they have going on for a little bit."
I asked Ronnell if the unofficial visit helped move the Tigers among his top teams?
"Oh, yeah. It's number one. They are on top with me now," he said.
And is the timetable the same for a possible decision?
"I want to make a decision before the start of my senior season. I think I will know for sure before then. Coach Ford told me today not to wait too long with them on a decision. Their spots are filling up."
I asked Perkins if he had a preference between offense or defense?
"I really don't care as long as I can play and help the team. All the schools tell me that I could wind up playing on either side of the ball. They all like my speed and physicality. How I can make plays on offense and defense," he said.
Perkins used his speed to run a 10.9 100 meters this spring for his track team, however, he pulled his hamstring towards the end of it.
On the football field, he scored 9 TDs and averaged 22.8 yards per reception on 20 catches for 456 yards, while also rushing for over 200 yards on offense. He also averaged 41.2 yards on kick off returns, and had 42 tackles and a pick from his safety position.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to keep you updated on Ronnell Perkins.