A combo guard part of the 2022 class, 6’4 Elijah Perkins from Ranney School in New Jersey is starting to see his recruitment take off, earning a big offer from Nebraska last week to now go along with his two other offers that are on the table.
Phenom Hoops caught up and wanted to introduce Perkins, as we dive into an early look at his recruitment and which other schools have been expressing interest his way.
PHR: How has everything been going for you as far as your recruitment and all?
Perkins: Everything has been pretty good so far, my coach has told me a couple of schools have reached out lately about me. But for the most part, it is going pretty well.
PHR: What offers do you currently hold?
Perkins: St. Peter’s, Nebraska, and Stony Brook.
PHR: What are your thoughts on your latest offer and your biggest one so far from Nebraska? How did you hear about it?
Perkins: I’m really grateful for the offer, it means a lot. They really have a family-type setting there and you could tell with all the fans and supporters reach out, that family is a big thing there. The staff has been in contact with my coach and he told me that they offered.
PHR: Do you know anything about the program yet or hoping to find out more about?
Perkins: I’m definitely hoping to find out a lot more about the program.
PHR: Have you been able to learn anything about the other schools that have offered?
Perkins: From St. Peter’s, I have talked to the assistant coach a couple of times and they have been to a couple of my games, so we have been building a little bit of a relationship. But I’m looking forward to building great relationships with all the schools that have offered me or showed interest once they are able to contact me.
PHR: Have you heard from any other schools, as they have shown interest your way?
Perkins: Wake Forest, UConn, Seton Hall and a couple of others have reached out.
PHR: Have you been able to take any visits or anything to schools?
Perkins: Just an unofficial to UConn
PHR: Did anything stand out or that you liked from that visit?
Perkins: I really liked the atmosphere because I went to the game and fans were talking to me like I have known them for years. Lots of alumni were at the game, which shows they still are part of the university and I talked to Shabazz Napier for a little bit in the locker room. He preached to me how family is a big thing there and it showed when all the coaches were going around congratulating each person, even the managers, that really stood out to me. Another thing that stood out was how much the coaches cared. Coach Hurley almost broke down in tears talking about how Akok Akok got hurt badly in the game, the first thing he did before stating anything in the locker room was to make sure everybody had him in their thoughts. That shows it was bigger than basketball to him, which is very important.
PHR: How would you best describe your game?
Perkins: I would describe my game as a crafty athletic combo guard who loves to get others involved while also being able to create my own shot and a person who loves to get in your face and change the game defensively.