During his week in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, however, Perkins found looking eye-level with several other high-profile recruits. That took some getting used to.
“The first day of practice I had to get used to the size of everybody,” said Perkins, who stands 6-foot-5 and has slimmed down to 295 pounds.
Once he got his bearings and figured out the type of strength he’d have to play with, it was back to usual for the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 81 player overall in the ESPN 150.
“I feel like I got better a lot,” Perkins said. “The second day of practice I started dominating and the last day of practice [Thursday] I just got better and better. I am getting better.”
Perkins impressed so much during the three days of practice that he earned the starting spot at right tackle for the West on Saturday along with fellow Longhorns commitment Jake Raulerson, who started at center.
It’s not often that the best tackle on a high school team plays his entire career on the right side, but that was the case for Perkins at Lake Highlands.
The Wildcats had a solid left tackle in place when Perkins joined varsity so they opted to keep him on the right side. He’s grown comfortable there but wouldn’t mind moving to the left at Texas.
“I don’t mind moving over to the left but I do favor the right side because I have more experience over there,” he said. “I have no problem moving over to the left.”
The biggest difference in the two sides, Perkins said, is balance.
“It is way different having your left foot forward than your right foot forward.”
Perkins would have moved over the East team if it meant not having to room with fellow Texas commitment Jake Oliver, who wouldn’t allow Perkins a peaceful night's sleep when the two and Antwuan Davis roomed together last week.
“It was fun, but I am not rooming with Jake Oliver because he’s a snorer,” Perkins said. “I have to call him out. He woke me up twice.”