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Mississippi safety Joe Perkins de-commits from Buffaloes 2020 recruiting class

The Buffs will be looking elsewhere for secondary help.

NCAA Football: Utah at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes appeared to have secured the commitment of Joe Perkins, a talented safety out of Mississippi. However, on Monday, Perkins announced on Monday via twitter that he will de-commit.

Jack Barsch briefly profiled Perkins when he committed in early May:

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.

We were excited for Perkins — especially after the wave of defensive backs leaving Colorado — but his de-commitment means CU will be looking elsewhere. That could be a good thing as it is within the realm of possibility that Mel Tucker’s staff found a better safety and simply moved on past Perkins. It’s just as possible that Perkins will be getting better offers than CU.

Anyway, we’ll update on whoever replaces Perkins in the 2020 recruiting class. The Buffs will need to replenish the secondary as soon as they can.