Catching Up With Future Cowboy Trent Perkins

This is the fifth installment of a series of articles on the high school seasons of the 14 players who have verbally committed to Oklahoma State. We have already featured Deron Fontenot of South Grand Prairie (Texas), Eric Norwood of North Cobb (Georgia), Al'Darius Thompson of North Mesquite (Texas) and Adrian Hamilton of Dallas Carter (Texas). We feature Alice (Texas) High School offensive lineman Trent Perkins in this edition.

Trent Perkins is the perfect team player. Ask him how his season's going and he starts talking about the success of his team. Ask him if he's pleased with the way he's plus thus far, and he says there's always room for improvement. Ask him how important he is to his team, and he'll tell you he's just one of 11 players.

But if you want to real answers on the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman go to one of his coaches on the Alice (Texas) High School football team. And that's what we did.

"He's doing wonderful. We just marvel at his ability. He's a good leader, and a good student," is how Alice defensive coordinator Tommy Essex begins talking about Perkins. But he doesn't stop with those superlatives.

"He's the best football player I've ever seen. He's the kind that when he makes a crushing blow and his man is down on the ground and out of the play, then he gets up and goes looking to hit somebody else.

"If you'd ask the Lord for a player, He'd send you Trent."

Perkins hasn't graded below 90 percent in three games this season for Alice, which was 4-0 entering Friday night's district game against Rockport. Perkins missed the second game of the season with a sprained knee but has returned and played in the Coyotes last two victories.

Has he given up a quarterback sack this season? "No. Lord, no," said Essex, shocked that anyone would ever ask the question.

"My best game was probably Monday's game," Perkins said of Alice's 40-27 victory over Tuloso-Midway. "I felt real good, (and) got most of my assisgnments. Any time we got the ball we just moved it down the field, and a lot of that was behind me. We were ahead 40-7 at halftime, and scored 30 points in the first quarter."

Just how valuable is Perkins to his team? "It's hard to evaluate the contributions on the offensive line. With quarterbacks, running backs and receivers you can just look at the numbers. But we found out how much he meant to use when we played Laredo Martin (the second week of the season). He got a sprained knee and we held him out against Laredo Martin, and we didn't play as well. We missed him. He's so confident. The kids feel so much better when he's in the huddle. His excellence and confidence spread through the rest of the kids, and the great ones have that."

The OSU coaching staff found Perkins early in the summer when they hosted a summer camp in Dallas. Perkins showed up, impressed the coaching staff and was offered a scholarship.

"My favorite are the pull plays and pass blocking," he said. "I'm fast enough to get where I need to be. I need to improve my overall strength and speed (to play in college). I feel like I need to get there an extra second quicker, and I feel like I can be stronger and quicker."

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