Perkins signs with Alcorn St.

Seated from left: BriAnna Perkins, Chris D. Perkins, Sandra Perkins and Shaundreic Ashmore. Standing from left: Rep. Gregory Holloway, Chris Perkins and Antonio McGrew.

Hazlehurst senior Chris D. Perkins, 6’6″, 200 lbs., has signed a letter of intent to play football at Alcorn State University in Lorman beginning next fall.

Perkins played wide receiver for the Indians during his high school career.  In 2009 he recorded 23 receptions for 498 yards, including 7 touchdowns in helping the Indians to a record of 8-4 and a 3A playoff appearance.  His best regular season game was against Hinds AHS, a 24-17 Indian win, when he scored 2 TD’s on 3 catches.

“I am looking forward to enrolling at Alcorn State over the summer.  I like coach Earnest Collins and his spread offense.  I should have a good opportunity to play right away and become an impact player,” Perkins said on Wednesday.

His plans are to get a degree in Robotic Automation Technology, a new field that ASU is opening in the fall.  His grade point average is a solid 3.2.  He scored 17 on the ACT.

His father Chris played at Alcorn State from 1986 to 1990.  “I’m very proud of my son’s accomplishments.  He’s a well-rounded kid and is very committed to his work ethic,” the elder Perkins said.

The Alcorn signee said that coach Vince Granberry, who came to Hazlehurst in 2009, made a big impact on his life.  “Coach taught me how to persevere and be more dedicated as a team player,” Perkins said.

Perkins was named to the Clarion-Ledger’s Top 125 Players in the state in 2009.  He also excels as a track athlete, competing in the 4 x 100 relay, the 4 x 200 relay and in the high jump.

High school counselor Shandreic Ashmore, who taught Perkins geometry during his sophomore year, said “I’ve really enjoyed having him as a student.  He is a very mannerable young man and should be highly successful in his future endeavors.”

Perkins mother is Sandra Perkins.

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