Class of 2018 defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins from Lutheran North High School in St. Louis had been to the University of Missouri several times before this past weekend, but the most recent trip was a little bit different for him.
Perkins’ brother, Ronnell Perkins, is a redshirt freshman safety for the Tigers and that connection gave him a more in-depth look into the Mizzou program.
“It was good,” the younger Perkins said. “I came up on Friday and I spent the weekend with my brother. I was just chilling. The whole weekend I was picking their minds about stuff that they do, the workouts and stuff, and that’s it.”
Perkins’ weekend in Columbia was also different because it was his first time back on campus since the Tigers offered him a scholarship on June 2. That offer took his recruitment to another level, with Iowa State, Illinois and Iowa all offering later that day.
“Yeah it was my first time being on campus since I was offered,” Perkins said, “so it was nice to walk around and talk to some more coaches and meet people.”
The trip to Missouri included the Tigers’ ‘Night At The Zou’ camp on Saturday night, where Perkins hung out with fellow Class of 2018 prospect Trevor Trout and even spent time on the phone with another Tigers’ recruiting target, Michael Thompson.
All in all, it was a good weekend for the Class of 2018 standout defensive lineman.
It got even better on Monday morning when he received an offer from the University of Miami, which was his ninth scholarship offer.
How’d that come about?
“Coach Reed,” Perkins said of Lutheran North coach Carl Reed. “Coach Reed working his magic somehow some way.”
One interesting twist there is that Miami’s new defensive line coach is Craig Kuligowski, who was previously Missouri’s defensive line coach. Now Kuligowski will be recruiting against his old school for one of their key recruiting targets.
“I heard from Coach Kool,” Perkins said, who added that Kuligowski wants him to visit the Miami campus. “… I’m real excited right now.”
But it looks like Perkins’ trip to Columbia will be his last recruiting-related school visit for a while. He considered going to Iowa’s recruiting event this weekend, but decided against it.
“As of now I’m pretty sure I’m done with taking visits,” Perkins said. “It’s just time to lock in and focus on the upcoming season.”
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