In the spring of 2012, a few people that I talked to about ranking the state's best picked now-Texas signee Kent Perkins as their choice. It certainly made sense: it's never a bad idea to pick a 6-foot-6 tackle with quick feet as the top prospect. And while he didn't wind up in the No. 1 spot of the LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50, he finished a respectable third.
Perkins is a top tackle prospect, one with length, strength and a nasty disposition. In fact, in part because of that last part, Perkins played right tackle in high school, the kind of tackle that every team loves to line up and run behind.
And that's what sets Perkins apart — he has all of the traits you love about a right tackle, the mashing physicality and the attitude that on third-and-one, if you run behind him, you're going to get the yardage you need. But he combines that with the length and feet of a left tackle needed to protect the quarterback's blind side.
That showed when he went up against a variety of ends during U.S. Army week. On alternate reps in drills, Perkins went against a powerful defensive tackle like A'Shawn Robinson and against a cat-quick end like Torrodney Prevot. And Perkins performed well, giving Robinson as well as he got.
He was one of the few tackles with the pure strength to stonewall Robinson, and on at least one run play, Perkins came off the ball low and hard and drove Robinson back five yards.With Texas looking to continue its movement toward a powerful front that can blow opponents off the ball, Perkins represents such an intriguing option. Because he's strong enough to excel at right tackle, but at left tackle, Perkins presents a rare kind of power at that position.