The Bootleg caught up with the talented back after he made his Cardinal decision to get the inside scoop.
The Bootleg: We heard you committed to Stanford [Thursday night]?
Jordan Perkins: I did, around 4:30 or 5:00.
TB: Why was now the right time for you to make a verbal commitment?
JP: Basically I just made it because I was tired of waiting. I knew it was the college for me but I wanted to wait and see if any others were going to offer, but just today I felt like I needed to commit.
TB: What about Stanford made it feel like the right fit for you?
JP: Well, right when I went there, even for the Junior Day, they explained the grades and education, the benefits you get after from after going there, the football experience and all that just sounded [great.] I know football might not be a possibility in the end, so I need to look beyond that education-wise and see what the best opportunity for me.
TB: Last we spoke you had the UTEP and Stanford offers – did any other schools come through with scholarships in recent weeks?
JP: Fresno State did.
TB: Now that you've made this commitment, how do you plan on approaching the ten or so months until signing day?
JP: Keep in contact with the coaches, finish up my application. Get it in early so I can get checked over and get accepted, and that's pretty much how I think it should go.
TB: Have you gotten a better picture for when you can actually begin work on the application process?
JP: He said I could start working on the first part, which is the essay, any time I want. They set up the application between April and May, and any time then is when I could start and I could turn it in when I finish.
TB: Last we spoke, you had mentioned you got a 1500 on the three-part SAT. Do you have any plans to retake that, and how are you faring in your classes?
JP: I'm signed up to take another one in May. I think it's May 1. My core GPA was a 3.2 and my overall was a 3.5.
TB: Is it kind of a relief to have this decision off your shoulders?
JP: Yea, it's nice to kind of know where you're going, especially so early. Now I just have to focus on doing well senior year and not worry about who's watching you, so it's nice.
TB: When some recruits make an early verbal commitment to a school, they make it a point to try to convince other recruits to join them at that university. Is that something you could see yourself doing?
JP: Yea, you know [Coach Harbaugh] mentioned that when I told him. He said this 2011 class will be a good class, so hopefully that will happen.
TB: Were you at all concerned with being the third running back to commit to Stanford for the 2011 class?
JP: No, not really. It kind of motivated me to commit just because I didn't want to be the last of the pick. At the same time I love a challenge. I want to work, be able to work for my spot to earn it. I'm ready to compete and everything
TB: Over the past few months, have you had any further conversations with Coach Harbaugh about your role in the offense?
JP: They told me they were going to start running a little bit of pistol. He said they were practicing it in their spring practices. So he said I can maybe run a little of that as well as a pro set. He said they'll be giving me the ball pretty much wherever.
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