It’s been fun the last six years, knowing that pretty much every secondary player who committed to the Buffaloes would work out, and usually work out in spite of a smaller offer list. Mike MacInytre knows defensive backs. It would be a safe bet to say Mel Tucker carries that same amount of weight.
Tucker got his first defensive back commitment at Colorado in safety Joe Perkins. The big-bodied safety hails from Madison, Mississippi. He is already a very solid 6’1 with about 200 pounds on his frame. He collected a lot of area G5 offers, namely Arkansas State (who is crazy good), FIU, and Army. Mel Tucker and Travarres Tillman jumped early and were rewarded for it.
Perkins plays on offense and defense in high school, which is usually a positive sign for awareness and ball skills. He shows up as a really smooth athlete on his tape, with nice change of direction skills and awareness. As a safety, he is a natural at centerfield and plays the ball really well in the air. He is bigger than a lot of the safeties the previous staff targeted, so this may signal a change in direction.