Reason No. 3: The Texas A&M football team doesn’t have many dominant linebackers
I don’t want to sit here and say that the Texas A&M football team doesn’t have capable linebackers for 2022 — that would be a lie. The Aggies will retain Andre White and Edgerrin Cooper, both of whom were elite in 2022.
That said, Aaron Hansford will be gone and Buddy Johnson isn’t coming back from the NFL anytime soon. Compared to a lot of the schools competing for Perkins’ commitment, there’s a huge opportunity here for the five-star linebacker.
The Aggies do have two four-star linebackers committed to play in Aggieland right now, but neither of them is nearly as talented as Perkins. Those two linebackers are Ish Harris and Martrell Harris, both of whom are extremely talented, but more likely to be four-year players.
Perkins would join the team under strong guidance from White and Cooper, the team’s primary veteran linebackers. As a freshman in a complex SEC defensive system, it would take time, but the opportunity is there.
We know that Jimbo Fisher is not afraid to play freshmen on defense — that much should be clear after the emergence of Tyreek Chappell and Edgerrin Cooper during the 2021 season.
The choice is clear — Perkins should re-commit to Texas A&M.