After three commitments on Sunday, there may be some plucky lede exhaustion from this particular writer, stressed by the Monday pledge from Lake Highlands offensive tackle Kent Perkins, who was widely expected to be one of the first commitments in the 2013 class, but failed to make the first Junior Day early in February.
Perkins was able to make it to JD2 over the weekend, received his offer, and confirmed the expectations for a quick decision from him following, becoming the 10th commitment in the class for the Longhorns, as well as the fourth in four days.
A strong offensive line class in the state this year put some pressure on Stacy Searels and the rest of the offensive staff to continue building depth along the line by landing most of the top prospects in the class. So far, Perkins is the first pure offensive lineman to commit and projects outside as a left tackle, which makes him an extremely valuable get for Texas.
Celina's Jake Raulerson and Fort Worth Arlington Heights' A'Shawn Robinson both could end up along the offensive line, but could start out on the defensive side of the ball, further increasing the value of getting Perkins.
Fortunately for Texas this year, the top offensive lineman all mostly like Texas (with the exception of A&M commits Ishmael Wilson and JJ Gustafson), so the Longhorns are cleaning up with the guys they were supposed to land, with Harker Heights' Darius James expected to be perhaps the final piece in the group for the 2013 class at some point in the near future after taking a few visits.
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As far as a scouting report, the 6-5, 300-pound Perkins has the height, reach, and feet to play left tackle at Texas and is a candidate to receive a fifth star at some point from Rivals, as he's currently ranked as the 25th-best player in the country, not far out of the range of the number of five stars that the service normally hands out. He could also be a better prospect than 2012's Kennedy Estelle, which would make Perkins one of the top overall offensive tackles to emerge from the state in the last several recruiting cycles.
Strong in pass protection -- often an area offensive linemen struggle in high school -- and with the ability add times to feature some serious punch in the running game, Perkins has a remarkably complete game for a high school lineman. His reputation as a mauler isn't on the level of, well, Maulerson or Curtis Riser or Sedrick Flowers, but all the tools are there and it's not like there are serious questions about his motor.
As evidenced by the national ranking, Perkins is now one of the top players nationally the Longhorns have landed in this class full almost entirely of guys who are at least considered as among the best at their position in the country, at worst.
After having to use Mark Buchanan as Alex Okafor's personal punching bag as a second-team offensive tackle last spring, the Longhorns are now establishing the type of program depth along the outside that that could survive both injuries and attrition.