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Coveted JUCO cornerback commits, enrolls at Mizzou

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This is Missouri’s 22nd commitment of the 2021 class.

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So, that was a strange, albeit fun, day, right?

Early this morning, Eli Drinkwitz teased us (as he is known to do) with some potentially good news...

...and while we joked on Twitter that Drinkwitz’s excitement may have been food-related, we quickly got some vague confirmation of what he had been hinting.

Dave Matter first reported — and as anyone can now confirm — that top JUCO cornerback prospect JaDarrius Perkins is currently enrolled at Mizzou as a General Studies major. Perkins has been a longtime target of Missouri’s, though he spent much of 2020 publicly committed to Oregon. He decommitted late in the year, however, and his recruitment went quiet. On Wednesday, his recruitment officially ended in dramatic fashion, with his commitment and enrollment.

Get to know: JaDarrius Perkins

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS

Previous School: Gulf Coast C.C.

Position: CB

Ht/Wt: 6’2”, 190 lbs

Rivals Ranking: 5.7, 3-star

247Composite Ranking: 0.8860, 3-star

Total announced offers: 37

Offers to note: Auburn, Mississippi State, Oregon

We should always remember that highlight videos aren’t real — they’re selected plays that show off the best a player has to offer. It feels necessary to point that out here because, WOW, does Perkins have a splashy highlight reel. You can feel every inch of his 6’2” frame here, as he’s constantly disrupting plays with his size. But without knowing his full measurables, it also feels like Perkins is freaky athletic. He almost never gets beat and has great lateral agility, sticking to his man with relative ease.

He also appears to have somewhat of a nasty, flashy streak in him. That’s not a bad thing out of a corner, especially one playing against some of the top receivers in the country in the SEC. Perkins should immediately have a shot to contribute, making for an exciting secondary for years to come.

What they’re saying:

Mizzou 2022 Commitment List

Pos Recruit Name Hometown Commitment Date Rivals Rate Rivals Rank 247 Rate 247 Rank Ht Wt
Pos Recruit Name Hometown Commitment Date Rivals Rate Rivals Rank 247 Rate 247 Rank Ht Wt
TE Max Whisner Lee's Summit, MO 9/21/2020 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8647 6'6 240
S Isaac Thompson St. Louis, MO 12/4/2020 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9227 6'2 190
ATH Ja’Marion Wayne Ballwin, MO 12/18/2020 3-star 5.7 4-star 0.9031 6'3 180
WR Mekhi Miller Overland Park, KS 1/20/2020 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8721 6'1 170
QB Sam Horn Suwanee, GA 2/28/2021 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.9446 6'3 180
OL Armand Membou Lee's Summit, MO 3/27/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8734 6'4 275
OL Tristan Wilson Lebanon, MO 4/14/2021 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8647 6'5 295
DT Marquis Gracial St. Charles, MO 5/14/2021 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9244 6'4 280
CB Marcus Scott III Conroe, TX 6/13/2021 4-star 5.8 3-star 0.8891 6'2 170
RB Tavorus Jones El Paso, TX 7/2/2021 4-star 5.9 4-star 0.9373 5'11 205
OL DeShawn Woods Omaha, NE 7/3/2021 4-star 5.8 4-star 0.9460 6'5 295
DT Jalen Mashall Overland Park, KS 7/13/2021 3-star 5.6 3-star 0.8693 6'6 275
LB Xavier Simmons Greensboro, NC 8/14/2021 3-star 5.6 4-star 0.8810 6'3 235
OL Valen Erickson Chicago, IL 9/6/2021 3-star 5.7 3-star 0.8579 6'6 315
WR Luther Burden East St. Louis, IL 10/19/2021 5-star 6.1 5-star 0.9966 6'0 200
DL Jae'vien Gill Philadelphia, MS 11/15/2021 3-star 5.4 3-star 0.8229 6'5 250
5.73 0.8981