In-state Perkins feeling Cardinal interest

When The Bootleg last checked in with Lodi, Calif. running back Jordan Perkins, he was still feeling giddy after picking up a Stanford offer a few weeks back. And after Perkins had a chance to make the trip to Palo Alto for the Cardinal's Junior Day this past weekend, it doesn't seem as if those positive feelings about Stanford have changed.

"It was really cool," Jordan Perkins said of the visit. "I left home Friday, got there about 11:30 [a.m.] and checked in. Right when I got there, I thought it was amazing already, before I even saw anything."

After checking in, Perkins dived right into the Junior Day activities, where he was able to spend some time with several members of the Cardinal coaching staff.

"The first day we had a little meeting with the coaches and our position coach," Perkins said. "I got to talk with Coach Shaw. He's a real cool guy. I like him, he's funny."

Later, Perkins spent some time with Stanford recruiting coordinator Lance Anderson and was able to get a better sense of the Stanford admissions process.

"The most one-on-one time I got was with Coach Anderson," Perkins said. "We talked a lot about my grades and got everything squared away. He said everything was good, I just have to keep up my A's and B's average and then they'll try to get me an application soon, like in early May, so I can get that started. I'm pretty excited about that."

But of course, Perkins' Junior Day experience wouldn't be complete without a little one-on-one time with head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I talked to coach Harbaugh when we were eating, and he was asking me how I was feeling about everything and telling me how he wants me to commit," Perkins said. "I told him obviously it's one of my choices but I can't commit just yet."

Perkins added that he would have a better idea of his decision timeframe in a month or two, as he should have a better idea of what other schools might ultimately offer him a scholarship.

South Florida, Cal, Michigan, and Nebraska are among the schools showing the most interest, but Stanford is in a pretty good position with the Scout.com three-star prospect at this point.

The trip to Palo Alto marked the second time Perkins had visited Stanford – he also spent some time on the Farm for a game last season – but provided him an opportunity to see much more of the Stanford campus than before.

"The campus was amazing," Perkins said. "It's not too, too big and I could see myself fitting in well. The weight room and the locker room were amazing – they were outstanding facilities – I've never seen anything like it, so it was pretty amazing.

"Also the church was nice. I like that they have a church on campus because I'm Catholic so I'd probably go to that, and they said they have masses for every religion, so that's good."

Perkins was hosted by fellow running back Stepfan Taylor on the trip, and the junior recruit quickly found that he and Taylor have more in common than their position.

. "He's real cool, he's down to earth," Perkins said of Taylor. "He's from a town like mine that's kind of small where football's not that big there, so it was fun."

The most memorable part of Junior Day, though, was likely a Q and A session the recruits had with former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

"We spoke with Condoleeza Rice and her stories were just amazing," Perkins said.

The Junior Day visit ended as the recruits made their way to Maples Pavilion for the Cardinal's game with Arizona. Even though Stanford ended up falling just short, Perkins had a good time chatting with some of the Stanford coaches about topics other than football.

"It was a good game," Perkins said. "We got to sit with the coaches and talk a little basketball too. They know basketball as well as they know football. It's pretty funny."


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