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Monday, February 4, 2013
Horns Snapshot: OL Kent Perkins

By William Wilkerson

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Offensive lineman Kent Perkins, Lake Highlands, Texas/Lake Highlands | 6-foot-5, 300 pounds

Committed: Feb. 27, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 84. Four-star prospect

ESPN.com rankings: No. 4 offensive tackle, No. 7 player in Midlands region, No. 7 player in Texas, No. 76 recruit in ESPN 150

Picked Texas over: Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M

State of the position: Simply put, Texas is stacked across the offensive line. It returns all five starters from 2013 in Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Dominic Espinosa, Mason Walters and Josh Cochran. Then you start to add in reserves like Kennedy Estelle, Sedrick Flowers, Garrett Greenlea, Taylor Doyle, Garrett Porter, Curtis Riser and Camrhon Hughes. There are a lot of former high school All-Americans in that list. That doesn’t even mention ESPN 150 players Darius James and Jake Raulerson, or Rami Hammad, who had some 50 offers.

Pros: “Perkins is a big man who displays nice upside at the tackle position. He has good size with a nice, long frame that looks capable of supporting additional good mass. He is a fairly athletic O-lineman with good hip and ankle flexibility as well as good balance and agility. He displays good movement off the ball and can quickly get into defenders. He can deliver a good initial pop and is capable of knocking defenders off the line.” – ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He does need to keep improving his upper and lower body playing strength, which should come with further physical development. He can play with good pad level and sustain good leg drive to create push, but can get top heavy and overextended and needs to work on consistently rolling his hips and keeping his base underneath him better.” – ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Donald Hawkins. Hawkins fared well at left tackle in his first year at Texas in large part due to his light feet. That’s one of Perkins’ best attributes as well, which he practiced while on the school's wrestling team.

Expected impact: 2014. Perkins is good enough to play right away, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he saw the field this season. But I’ll say 2014 will the year Perkins really jumps on the scene, with guys like Trey Hopkins, Mason Walters and Hawkins all being seniors in 2013.