Defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins, a junior at Lutheran North High School in suburban St. Louis, was a busy guy on the first day college coaches could contact 2018 prospects.
Perkins, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder, heard from Arkansas, Notre Dame, Missouri, Ole Miss, Iowa State, Illinois, Indiana and Florida early that day. He heard from head coaches at Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Iowa State.
“I probably talked to 12 schools,” Perkins said, adding that it was a mix of schools he has offers from and some he does not.
He received an offer from Arkansas that day and then, this week, received another from Syracuse. He thinks it’s possible Florida could be one of his next offers.
What does he like about Syracuse?
“I haven’t had much contact with them so I’m just starting to get to know them and try to form some type of bond with the coaches and get a feel for the program,” Perkins said. “I know Corey Winfield from Riverview (Gardens), I know he went up there a few years ago. I’m just interested in getting to know the program and getting to know the coaches and get a feel for things.”
“Arkansas, that’s an awesome school and I like it, so getting that offer was big,” Perkins said. “I talked to Coach (Bret) Bielema personally. I didn’t talk to the D-line coach yet. Talking to Coach Bielema that shows me that they’ve got a lot of interest, hearing from the head coach, and he’s just an awesome guy. Just talking to him it felt like we knew each other. He had a good feel for me. I’m just excited to get up there and get around him and get a feel for the team and the campus and the coaches.”
Perkins will probably be a busy guy this fall with trying to see colleges whenever his high school team isn’t playing on Saturdays.
He’s planning on visiting Missouri on Saturday for the Tigers’ game against Eastern Michigan to watch his brother, redshirt freshman safety Ronnell Perkins, play in his second college game. Then the younger Perkins will be back a week later to watch Mizzou take on Georgia.
Perkins transferred from University City to Lutheran North before his junior year and has made it look like an easy transition on the field.
He has 12 tackles, including three for losses, and one sack through the first three games while playing mostly defensive end and some nose tackle in the Crusaders’ 3-4 scheme. As a tight end he has four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Lutheran North is 3-0 after a tough 24-21 win against Westminster last Saturday.
“I’m happy but we can’t get too big-headed,” Perkins said. “We have to stay level-headed and just grind and continue to grind and don’t be satisfied until you’ve got a state championship.”
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