Coach Review: Josh Perkins

One of the more productive wideouts in the state of California the past two years has been Gahr (Cerritos, Ca.) WR Josh Perkins. His coach, John Nielson spoke with recently to give us his thoughts on where his star player will be the most productive as well as what he has to do to get better...

"It's been a great two-and-a-half years with Josh as our guy outside," Nielson told "He's a real leader on the field and in the locker room. He's really a talented kid and he's tough, that's what really sets him apart from some of the other wide receivers in the west, he's tough and he doesn't mind getting in, mixing it up and doing the little things that make your team better like blocking and things like that."

Nielson also mentioned two other things that will help Perkins be successful at the next level.

"He's grown a full inch since last year, so he's a legit 6'4" with his shoes off," Nielson said. "He's also right around 185 pounds, so he's put on a little size too, but he definitely will need a year in the system and in the weight program before he'll be ready to do much.

"From a Football I.Q. standpoint, there's no one better than him that I've met. He's smart and he understands the game and how to run routes. He just needs to get stronger.

"I think once he gets up there to Seattle he'll be able to put on 15 or 20 pounds pretty easily. I think he could be 210 and just be a monster for them with his body-control.

"When I say this, I want to be clear, I'm not comparing Josh to Randy Moss, but honestly, I haven't seen someone with his body control since Randy Moss came on the scene. He's outstanding when the ball is in the air and he's got strong hands.

"He's got a 40-inch vertical and he'll run a low 4.5 forty, so with his size and athleticism, there's no reason he couldn't be a standout for (the Huskies)."

Besides his offer from Washington, Perkins also had offers from San Diego State, Nevada, Wyoming, San Jose State, Minnesota and New Mexico State and was getting a lot of attention from a few Pac 10 schools as well.

"Stanford was probably going to offer Josh, but his grades weren't where they needed to be to get in there," Nielson said. "He has really good grades, don't get me wrong, but just not good enough to get into Stanford.

"The coaches there liked him a lot though and they felt like he could have been really good in their system.

"Cal was really on him, but never offered and Washington State and Arizona both came by to look at him too."

Nielson said Perkins will host the Husky coaches tonight and then will visit Washington this weekend before signing his letter-of-intent on February 2nd.

Other notes: As a junior, Perkins had 36 catches for 486 yards and nine touchdowns and followed that up with 71 receptions for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Neilson also noted that receivers Delshawn McClellon and Dwayne Washington are his top two players next year and what sets them apart from a player like Perkins is their legit 4.4 speed.

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