May 12, 2006

What type of prospect did the Buffs land?

Anthony Perkins recently became the first 2007 prospect from the Centennial State to commit to a college football program. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete from Northglenn (Colo.) High gave a verbal pledge to Dan Hawkins and the University of Colorado.

Northglenn head coach Vince Vieyra took time out to talk about what type of prospect the Buffaloes landed.

Perkins was named the Front Range Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 after he accounted for 2,693 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Could you talk a little bit about Anthony Perkins? His best attributes as a football player, what really separates him at the high school level...

Vince Vieyra: "One of Anthony's best attributes is his toughness out there. He is really the heart and soul of our team. His sophomore year, Anthony became the first two-way starter that we've had here, and I've been here for 15 years. I think last year he started to learn the game and he really learned how to score. Against Boulder early in his junior season he got a taste of the end zone and continued on to have a great season."

What really caught Colorado's eye as far as Perkins being a prospect for the next level?

"Number one, he is a very coachable kid. Academically he is in the top of his class. He's a leader in the community, he has a spiritual background, he has a great family. He is basically just the total package and he's a great athlete to boot. He's got a lot of great things going for him."

What were you goals for him this off-season?

"Well from my end, I needed to simplify the offense a bit so I could allow Anthony to be an athlete, use his athletic ability to make us successful rather than over thinking things out there. Last year I felt like he was thinking too much. Of course, it was his first year playing at quarterback and this year he is going to be a little bit more experienced at the position. I think the offense being simplified will allow him to utilize his strengths."

Have most of the colleges backed off since he verbally committed to CU, or have a number of schools continued to show interest?

"The ones that don't know are still coming in, like Arizona, University of Michigan, Wyoming, Oregon, Stanford, Cal, a lot of big name schools. I am kind of telling them as they come in."

He'll likely fit in as a defensive back at CU?

"Yeah, he was recruited as an athlete but I think they recruited him for the corner position."

As a defensive back are there still some aspect of his game that Anthony needs to improve on?

"Oh yeah, from high school to the Division-1 level is a big jump for anybody. He is going to fit in, but it is probably going to take a little bit of time. At that level everybody is real fast, they are a little bit more mature, they're stronger physically and Anthony will do that…he'll be in the weight room everyday, he'll work to be good. He's got good speed. He is just going to do whatever it takes to be successful at that next level and he's got a great shot."

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