Syracuse only landed one high school player from their home state in the 2014 class. They have made taking back New York in 2015 a priority. That does not necessarily mean the top prospects, but having an Empire State feel to the class.
Perkins helps Syracuse start off on the right foot. They have landed under the radar prospects in New York in the past that have worked out well; Jay Bromley being a recent example. Regardless of whether Perkins blows up on the recruiting trail, landing his is important to their efforts in the state.
New tight ends coach Bobby Acosta was the primary recruiter for the 6-foot running back. He is key to the Orange's efforts in the city, and helped land a prospect they identified as a talented one this spring.
Running back may be the second biggest positional priority this cycle behind offensive tackle. With Prince-Tyson Gulley graduating after the upcoming season, and George Morris and DeVante McFarlane entering their junior year when the 2015 season hits. Adonis Ameen-Moore will also be gone.
The Orange need to replenish their talent pool in the backfield. Erv Philips, a 2014 signee, certainly helps. But he is not a traditional type of running back that Syracuse could give the ball to 20 to 25 times per game.
Perkins is more of that type of style, who can run between the tackles and be a workhorse.
The addition of Perkins gives Syracuse the ability to be a little more picky with which running backs they pursue for the rest of the class.
Where Does Syracuse Go From Here?
The Orange are not done at running back. Not even close. They will likely look to add a couple more, but one more is definitely still a need. Perkins' commitment gives Syracuse some wiggle room at the position.
Jonathan Forrest is the top running back in New York, and will also visit for the spring game. He likely won't pick up an offer then, but will camp with the Orange over the summer in the hopes of doing just that.
Syracuse has plenty of options in 2015 at running back, and Perkins' addition helps them with their future efforts.
Finally! A sigh of relief for all Syracuse fans as they snagged their first commitment in the 2015 class. Perkins is a very under the radar prospect, but his film suggests solid vision and natural running ability. It's always good to get the first prospect out of your home state.