USAAAB: Kent Perkins

Texas offensive tackle commitment Kent Perkins talks about his mindset while blocking and why he expects Texas to win the national title in two years.

"I'm adapting to it real quick.," Kent Perkins said. "Yesterday it was a little rough at practice because I have to learn the plays and today [I] was more fluent."

Another rough spot has come from competition. At various times, Perkins has found himself up against Eddie Vanderdoes or A'Shawn Robinson,'s No. 2 and 3 defensive tackles. Then, just for fun, he'll have to block an entirely different type of player in cat-quick, 205-pound Torrodney Prevot.

"My mindset is that I'm not going to let somebody run through me," Perkins said. "I'll do everything I can to protect the quarterback."

It's that attitude, along with Perkins's 6-foot-6, 305-pound frame and athleticism, that drew the attention of Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

"He wants me to play left tackle," Perkins said. "I'm confident if I just practice at it, I'll get better at it. I haven't played that much left tackle before, but I can make that adjustment."

That would seem to fit well with Perkins's assessment of himself as a player.

"I'm an aggressive player," Perkins said. "I get off the ball, and I handle my job. That's it."

Perkins said that he especially enjoyed short-yardage situations when his team decided to run behind his blocks.

"I love when we run the ball to my side," Perkins said. "I know 100 percent that I'm going to get my job done, and we're going to get that first down or that touchdown."

Perkins thinks that the Longhorns have what it takes to get the big job done, with the burly Lake Highlands product stating that Texas would win a national title in the future.

"I would probably say give it two years," Perkins said.

Why two years?

"We got to get that o-line," Perkins said. "It all starts with that o-line, and you know we've got a lot of young guys [on campus and] coming in. We've got to get that year's experience and get bigger and stronger and get bonded as a group. Then you won't be able to stop us."

It's a discussion Perkins had with fellow offensive line commitment Darius James just a few weeks ago. Between the two of them, Perkins feels like the Longhorns have two physical, nasty offensive line pieces to build around.

"We definitely talked about that," Perkins said. "Hook 'em."

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