The scholarship offer Bryce Perkins received from Northwestern last week is special for one simple reason. Not every team recruiting the Chandler, Az., native wants him at quarterback. The Wildcats do.
“That’s why it’s special,” Perkins said Thursday.
In a recent workout with Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall, Perkins threw the ball so well that McCall said he was the most impressive of five 2015 quarterbacks he had evaluated.
Apparently UCLA, one of two other programs (along with Arizona State) that has offered Perkins, is not as confident as McCall is in Perkins’ throwing ability. The program offered him as an “athlete.” If the Bruins don’t allow Perkins the option to play quarterback, there’s a good chance he won’t even consider choosing them.
The Sun Devils are recruiting Perkins at quarterback.
“I’m set on playing quarterback,” said Perkins, who passed for 2,244 yards and 24 touchdowns in his junior season at Chandler.
Other schools that have shown interest in Perkins include Oklahoma, TCU, Iowa, Michigan State, Washington, USC, Texas A&M, Arizona and Oregon. Perkins has already visited Arizona State and UCLA and plans to visit Oregon – who he said he thinks is close to offering.
Perkins would like to get out to Northwestern’s Evanston campus sometime in the spring, to get a better feel for a place he believes offers a “great education and [a football team] on the come-up.”
Right now, none of Perkins' offers are more attractive than any other.
“If I had to choose one, I could not say,” he said.
At least one is special, though.
School: Chandler (AZ)
Other offers: Arizona State, UCLA
Notes: Considered an “athlete” by many, but NU wants him as a QB, which could be a plus in the recruiting process