Thursday, April 4, 2013
Full weekend ahead for Marcus Perkins Jr.
By Damon Sayles
Wide receiver and Texas State commit Marcus Perkins Jr. (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest) likes to go by the nickname “Showtime.” On Sunday, he’ll compete at the Nike Football Training Camp in Allen, Texas, and hope to live up to the moniker.
The NFTC will cap what Perkins, considered a soft Texas State verbal, is expecting to be an eventful weekend. On Friday, Perkins will attend “Friday Night Lights” at Texas A&M. Saturday morning, he’ll take an unofficial visit to Texas. Saturday evening, Perkins will take in Texas State’s spring game.
Perkins, a 5-foot-8, 166-pound slot receiver has an agenda for each stop. He’s hoping to communicate more with the Texas A&M coaches and also enjoy the atmosphere of College Station, Texas, during the annual event. The trip to Texas will be his first by himself, and he’s looking to converse with the members of the coaching staff.
“I want the A&M coaches to see what kind of guy I am and let them see what kind of character I have,” Perkins said. “I know they’re still evaluating me. I already know [tight ends/special teams] Coach [Jeff] Banks and [receivers] Coach [David] Beaty, so hopefully, that’ll benefit me.
“Going to UT, I plan on being with [receivers] Coach [Darrell] Wyatt. Hopefully, I can make a better impression with him, and hopefully, I’ll get a chance to meet some other guys. I really want to show them I’m a big film guy. I hope to get to watch some film and also pick Coach Wyatt’s brain.”
Perkins added that the trip to Texas State will allow him to see his future teammates compete. Perkins committed to the Bobcats on March 2, and he has a chance to line up at several positions, including slot receiver, scatback, kickoff returner and punt returner. Perkins’ speed -- he’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds -- makes him a versatile option.
“This will be my first time seeing where I fit in,” Perkins said of Texas State. “I’ll be looking at what the receivers do and envision myself on the team. It will give me a better view of what to expect.”
Perkins opened his junior season with a bang, catching five passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in his first game. His season, however, abruptly came to an end with a hairline fracture in his right foot. Perkins now is healthy and ready to show what he can do. Sunday’s NFTC will be the perfect opportunity for that.
“I’m going there to put on a show,” Perkins said. “I’ve got a lot to prove.”