The Missouri Tigers have received yet another boost to their recruitment class, the latest in a string of talented recruits to give a commitment to the program.
Dual-threat, Wide Receiver and Defensive Back Ronnell Perkins, a speedster who hails from University City, MO, gave a verbal commitment to his home-state school, the third recruit in the last week to give the thumbs up to Mizzou. Perkins was also considering offers from Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Kansas State and Kentucky.
Perkins is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, but his hallmark is his speed.
The 6-2, 290-pound rising high school senior runs a 40 in just 4.4 seconds and it’s safe to say that he will certainly have services called upon to return kicks sooner rather than later.
Judging by recent additions, Mizzou, which has a young receiving core in 2014, seems to be focused on the future and developing young pass catchers behind the talented but inexperienced receivers who have been called upon by the team in 2014.
Other indications have pointed to Perkins services being used on the defensive side of the ball. Perkins said per PowerMizzou.com:
“I got natural football instincts. My speed. My power,” the three-star prospect explained. “I like to hit hard. I see people and I know when a certain play is coming. I’ll know when it’s run or it’s pass.”
That being the case, it is certainly possible– perhaps even likely– that Perkins is used as a defensive back. I like what I see in him as a receiver, simply because of his speed and agility. Other than the departed Dorial Green-Beckham, Mizzou hasn’t recently added a guy that can really hit the turbo button in the wideout position available for the foreseeable future.
That being said, Mizzou has put so much focus on offfense this off-season, it is time to pay more attention to the defensive side of the ball, which leads me to believe that this pick up is the first big step in that direction.
In addition, what a nice component to have: someone that can defend passes but also who has lightning speed.
We will know once we get closer to Perkins joining the program whether or not he leans toward offense or defense. Much of that will have to do with happens in his senior year at University City.
Whatever the case, it’s an exciting grab, something Mizzou seems to be making on a regular basis in 2014.