Calif. '11 RB Perkins pumped for Card offer

When Lodi High School (Lodi, Calif.) junior running back Jordan Perkins picked up his Stanford offer last Thursday, he was more surprised than anything. Perkins had a tough time wrapping his mind around the fact that one of the world's most prestigious universities wanted him – and was willing to pay his full tuition in exchange for his services on the football field.

"I was just getting done with track practice and my mom was on the track and she gave me this fax which said, ‘Congratulations, this a full ride athletic scholarship offer from Stanford,'" Jordan Perkins said. "I thought this isn't real, this is fake."

The legitimacy of Stanford's offer didn't sink in until a few days later, when Perkins received a second letter from the Cardinal confirming the offer. When he finally did realize that nobody was pulling his leg and that the Stanford offer was real, Perkins was obviously thrilled.

"My first offer from UTEP was crazy, just because I wasn't expecting it so soon," Perkins said. "But Stanford, that's like everyone's top college, everyone tries to get in but they always get denied, and here I am getting a free ride and them paying for me to play football. It's like a dream."

The three-star running back and Scout 300 watch list member admits that the thought of making an early verbal commitment to the Cardinal did briefly cross his mind.

"My parents could see in my eyes that I was feeling that way, but they were telling me to hold on and not to rush into it," Perkins said. "They told me you want to see what other options you have, even though it is Stanford."

As a result, Perkins thinks he'll end up making a verbal commitment sometime during his senior year. When he does make a decision, Perkins will likely commit to a strong academic school he feels comfortable with.

"Overall, academics is a big thing for me," Perkins said. "My mom's always pushed that but once I visit a school I want to feel at home because I won't be here in little Lodi anymore. I want to be at a place I can see myself living there for four years, maybe more, so that's really what I want to look for."

And it's not like Perkins lacks for options. In addition his offers from Stanford and UTEP, Perkins says he has been receiving interest from Washington, Washington State, UCLA, Michigan, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Boise State, and Oregon.

He plans on unofficially visiting UW later this year, and is looking forward to making his second trip to Stanford for the Cardinal's junior day later this month.

"I've been to a game at Stanford when they played UCLA and I loved the atmosphere of the game," Perkins said. "That's the key thing, but always first in my mind is academics. I want to make sure they have my major and see what ranking they are. Other than that, the coaches have to have a lot of energy and the players have to all click."

Perkins will likely have an opportunity to learn more about Stanford's admissions process on the visit. He claims a 3.46 core GPA and 1500 three-part SAT score, and hopes to major in forensics and criminal law.

As a junior, Perkins earned San Joaquin AA league Player of the Year honors while rushing for 1,377 yards and 14 touchdowns, and catching nine passes for 285 yards. The talented junior characterizes himself as a power back with a nice blend of speed and strength, and the ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

"I have speed and I have a lot of power with my legs, a strong lower body," Perkins said. "I can also catch real well and have good hands. People always think I'm a receiver."

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