Perkins pledges to hometown Sun Devils

Perkins pledges to hometown Sun Devils

Last Saturday wasn't the first time that Bryce Perkins visited Arizona State, yet ultimately it was the visit that significantly helped the 2015 Chandler High School quarterback in reaching his decision, following in his father Bruce's footsteps, and committing to the Sun Devils.

"Things happened pretty fast (since Saturday's visit)," Perkins admitted Tuesday night after committing to Arizona State. "I have been thinking about committing there for a while but I didn't want to say anything. I was thinking that if all the local talent, all the best athletes in Arizona, stayed true then think about what ASU could do. People sleep on us and we have the some of the best talent in the country.

"If all the local talent came to ASU, we will be the team to beat."

Following his recent trip to ASU, Perkins sat down with his parents and discussed things over, but there was really no need to convince this Sun Devil duo that their son should attend the same school. After all, they were just as impressed with the 2014 Arizona State program had to offer.

"The way they practiced," Perkins described, "the dorms, the facilities, and meeting with the coaches…this all sealed the deal. After all that I knew I would be committing there."

As a junior the 6-3 210-pound Bryce Perkins threw for 2,244 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions, as well as running for 808 yards and 18 touchdowns. Northwestern, Texas, Arizona and Washington were the schools exclusively recruiting him as a quarterback, while ASU, the first school to ever offer him, and several others are pursuing him as an athlete.

In recent weeks the Sun Devils indicated that they would give him every chance to compete at quarterback if he did commit to the school. Perkins said that he does accept that proposition and doesn't shy away from competition.

"They told me that they will sign two quarterbacks (in the 2015) class," Perkins commented, "and that's not a concern of mine because anywhere you go you will have to compete. I believe I can compete with the best of them so I'm not worried."

Perkins delivered the news on Wednesday night to ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, who the quarterback said was very excited about the news. Perkins is scheduled to talk to Head Coach Todd Graham on Thursday.

"It was a pretty easy decision because all my support system is here," Perkins said. "From my parents, to my coaches, to people I went to school with, playing close to them makes it pretty easy.

"I'm shutting it down and not looking at any other schools…Forks Up!"

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