Perkins hopes to leave this summer

Teams are always looking for big, physical defensive backs who can play both safety and corner and Highland's Demarkus Perkins (6-2, 200) is just such a player. The talented DB wants schools to know he can leave this summer with four years to play three and hopes a school will give him a chance at realizing his dream of playing D-1 college football...

Perkins was a standout prep at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida, but was young and as he states it, not ready to play big-time college football.

"I was only 17 when I graduated and I wasn't ready to face that on a day to day basis," Perkins told "I had a couple of friends who had played JC football and they said that going to Highland was a great opportunity for me.

"I was like 'they only won two games' and they were like, 'it doesn't matter' because if you can play, you can play and it will all come out and scouts will see you if you are worthy of it."

As a freshman for the Scotties last fall, Perkins played both safety and corner, totaling 36 tackles, one interception and eight passes defensed.

"Depending on the team we played and the defense we called, that determined what I was going to play," Perkins noted. "I love playing corner, but I like safety too. It doesn't really matter to me where a school wants me. I'll play anywhere."

A few SEC schools have come calling and have let Perkins know that he's on their radar, but he hopes more get into the mix so he can have more opportunities.

"Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas have all been talking to me," Perkins said. "I think a lot of schools think I have to stay another year, but I'm taking a lot of credits right now and I'm going to load up in the spring and then in the first session of summer.

"If I get it all done, I can leave this summer and have four years to play three and that's what I want schools to know."

Perkins said that should he not find the right situation, he may decide to redshirt next season to save a year of eligibility.

"I'm just praying about it, trying to figure out what the smartest decision is for me," Perkins said. "I could return, that's definitely a possibility, and play for Highland or I might redshirt. I just don't know right now."

We'll have more on Perkins in the coming weeks and months as he gets closer to reaching his goal of playing big-time college football.

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