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COMMITMENT! Virginia Cavaliers land junior college dual-threat quarterback Bryce Perkins

Arizona Western transfer led team to #2 national ranking

NCAA Football: Virginia at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers are in the midst of bowl prep for the first time in six years, using the extra practice time to get younger players ready for the future. Another big piece of that future fell into place today, as the Hoos landed their possible 2018 starting quarterback: Bryce Perkins from Arizona Western.

Perkins—the younger brother of New York Giants running back Paul Perkins—enrolled at Arizona State in 2016 out of Chandler (Ariz.) High School, rated as a top-20 dual-threat quarterback nationally for his class. A 247Sports Composite three-star, Perkins picked ASU over Arizona, UCLA, and Northwestern. After a broken neck derailed his competition to be the Sun Devils’ starter, Perkins transferred to Arizona Western.

Under the NCAA rules for players who graduate from a two-year college after enrolling at a four-year institution, Perkins would not need to sit out a year. Pending his graduation from Arizona Western, he can enroll in January and play in 2018.

He led the Matadors to a 9-0 regular-season record and a #2 national ranking, earning them a spot in the NJCAA national championship game against East Mississippi Community College (of Last Chance U fame). EMCC won that game 31-28. Perkins led AWC with 1,300 yards passing on the season and seven touchdowns through the air, with four more scores on the ground.

Perkins is, without a doubt, more of a true dual-threat than any quarterback we’ve seen in Charlottesville in some time. At 6’3 and 215 pounds, he’s got Power Five size with a frame that should take more muscle under Frank Wintrich’s tutelage. He has an easy, gliding run with long strides that motor down the field. And it looks like he’s learned a thing or two from his brother about running with menace.

He needs to become a more polished passer, but I doubt he’ll be asked to run an offense that looks anything like what Kurt Benkert has orchestrated the last two seasons. If Virginia is going to run what BYU ran at its best, the aerial attack will be used to strike daggers as opponents cheat up against the run.

With Brennan Armstrong set to enroll in January as a freshman, the Hoos’ quarterback succession planning is lining up nicely. Perkins would seemingly be the top of the heap for 2018 and 2019, giving Armstrong two years to develop physically and grow within the system. Armstrong would then have three years of eligibility left when he would presumably take the reins in 2020. By then, the coaches will have had time to continue recruiting quarterbacks in who can operate the spread-to-run offense that Anae and Mendenhall prefer.