Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden defensive back JaJuan Perkins holds an early offer from Ole Miss and has the Rebels out in front for his services.
Perkins likes the relationship he has with his area recruiter Derrick Nix. He also watched how the 2013 recruiting class finished up in Oxford and he likes where the program is headed.
"When I first went to Ole Miss for the summer camp as a sophomore Coach Nix came up to talk to me and it's been a close relationship ever since. He came down to a couple of my games last fall. Plus they just signed a great class and in 2-3 years they will be competing at a high level," noted Perkins.
Alabama, Georgia, and Louisville are showing interest as well. He has plans to camp for the 'Dawgs and Cardinals this summer and wants to attend an Alabama junior day sometime this spring.
His uncle is former Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons and he is helping him with the recruiting process when he can. Simmons is an assistant coach at FCS Alcorn State.
When asked about his dream school?
"It used to be Miami, but I don't see myself going there. I would like to hear from Ohio State," replied Perkins.
He missed three games last season due to an arm injury, but he still managed to rack up 58 tackles and three interceptions as a junior.
One of his best performances came against Yulee and four-star Alabama signee Derrick Henry in the Class 4A playoffs. Perkins lined up at safety and made several tackles against Henry in the open field and on goal line run stoning the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder from getting into the end zone.
Ole Miss told him he could come in and earn a spot at nickel corner. Although he is favoring the Rebels at this time he doesn't have plans to commit anytime soon.