Now, Orange Nation can hope once again for revenge. A source within the SU Athletics Department tells The Fizz Perkins placed a phone call to the Syracuse coaching staff as soon as he de-committed from Notre Dame. There is optimism within the program the Orange can secure the four-star prospect. A jolt of electricity hit the SU coaching staff when news broke of Perkins’ about-face.
The way Perk picked Notre Dame always seemed peculiar. One week, his coach says SU is the front-runner. The next, Perkins is holding a press conference announcing his intent to wear blue and gold, and shaving a shamrock into his head.
Allegations that Boom didn’t qualify academically to play at Notre Dame were denied by the South Bend Washington senior via Facebook:
“LOL mos def nothin wrong wit my grades smh wrong source my guy.”
If it’s true that Perkins is adamant about staying on offense, it’s encouraging for Syracuse. Boom’s high school coach, Antwon Jones, told The Fizz Doug Marrone was the front-runner over the summer. Jones said his player had a tremendous relationship with Running Backs Coach Tyrone Wheatley.
“One of the [reasons why Syracuse sticks out] I think is that Coach Wheatley has established a great rapport with him.”
Unfortunately, Syracuse is not the likely leader for Boom’s services right now. LSU has entered the picture. A late offer from the the nation’s current top team could be too much for Perkins to resist – he’s been talking with Tigers coaches for months.
Whether he privately has a leader in mind, Perkins insists on Facebook all schools are equal right now.
“No leader everything is wide open listening to everyone even new schools…Big question I have is why is this the best place for me?”
“The only thing that had kept him from [committing to SU] was actually getting to meet some of the coaching staff in person. I know he wanted to commit to the head coach in person and Syracuse being as far away as it is from South Bend, he couldn’t get out there.”
Perkins is attempting to start from scratch again with the recruiting process. Maybe he’ll rediscover that Syracuse was always his best option. With LSU in the picture, it might seem like a long shot. But Orange Nation at least has a ray of hope.