Perkins cuts list, working on visits

Josh Perkins

With nine schools remaining on his list, Josh Perkins is making progress with his recruitment. Who is remaining on the four-star 2014 point guard's list and what schools could receive official visits?

Josh Perkins is making some headway in his recruiting process, as he's narrowed his school list to nine and is now working on setting up official visits.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2014 point guard from Aurora (Colo.) Regis-Jesuit has narrowed his list to Arizona, Colorado, Denver, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico and Stanford, according to Josh's father, Randy Perkins.

Three schools are vying for official visits in the coming weeks.

"He's working on setting up visits with Gonzaga, Kansas and New Mexico," Randy said. "We're looking at taking them at the end of January and the beginning of February. We don't have anything confirmed and I don't want Josh to miss school so we're trying to look at what weekends he can take these visits on."

Minnesota and Denver have already received unofficial visits, while Colorado is another local school that Perkins has seen multiple times, which makes some of the other schools bigger priorities for official visits.

"We'll also look at visits for Stanford and Arizona," Randy said. "I think the five officials - if we do five - would be Arizona, Gonzaga, Kansas, New Mexico and Stanford."

Randy Perkins broke down what stands out about the five schools who could receive official visits, along with local Colorado.

Arizona: "The success of the program. The style of play; they get up and down the floor. They have a history of producing some really talented guards. He also really likes the weather there."

Colorado: "Tad Boyle has turned the program around. He's a local boy and it's the home team. Selfishly I would love it because then I could watch my son play."

Gonzaga: "They have a really good history and it's a top 20 team in the country. They've done a great job in a small town with a small school. The coach has been so inviting, welcoming and engaged. The school really speaks for itself. We had a local boy (Matt Bouldin) who went there and works out with Josh every now and then."

Kansas: "Kansas speaks for itself; that's a kid's dream school. You're talking about one of the premier teams in college basketball. They have some really talented freshmen and a history of success."

New Mexico: "We like Steve Alford. He's a guard who played for one of the best coaches in the country in Bob Knight. He's turned that program around and they get up and down the floor. I've been to some games in The Pit and I know it's going to blow Josh's mind."

Stanford: "The education stands out; if you get a degree from Stanford you can get a job at any place in the world. They have a coach there who is awesome in Johnny Dawkins. He's a real personable, awesome guy who has done a great job with the program. It's Pac-12, which has that TV deal so if he goes there I can still watch him play."

Josh Perkins will take the visits with an open mind and could end his recruitment sooner rather than later.

"He just want to get this thing wrapped up," his father said. "He may not take all five visits. It just depends on how he feels. He's ready to get this thing behind him so he can focus on basketball."


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