Q&A with Murray State Commit, OF Ryan Perkins (Francis Howell, 2016)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Ryan Perkins (Francis Howell, 2016) is a physical 6-foot-2 215-pound left-handed hitting outfielder and has committed to play at Murray State in the fall of 2016.  He batted .495 this season for the Vikings, with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 37 runs batted in.  He was named First Team All-State as an Outfielder by the MHSBCA. 

In 2014, Perkins earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in the outfield, led Francis Howell to a second place finish in Class 5, and represented Team Missouri at PBR's Future Games in August.  He posted a 95 exit velo at the Class of 2016 Games on June 9, and has been gunned at 87 mph from the outfield.  He runs a 4.30 home-to-first and a 7.04 60. 

Ryan Perkins plays for the Rawlings Prospect out of St. Louis this summer, and recently answered a few question on how he ended up at Murray State. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?
R. Perkins: My expectations for the recruiting process were to get a lot of looks and interest from colleges while playing summer ball. It was as expected and I thought the process was fairly easy to go through.

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?
R. Perkins: Those factors did not really play a role in my decision I just didn’t want to be super fair away from home and I preferred a school south.
PBR: Where did Murray State first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
R. Perkins: Murray State first saw me during high school season. They talked to me and asked us to come visit and it went from there.
PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?
R. Perkins: Chris Cornelius because he is defensively sound and can hit the ball to all fields. He is a hard out to get around.

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?
R. Perkins: I was looking for a Division 1 college that could be successful and I could go get some playing time at.
PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?
R. Perkins: Keep working and get yourself in front of scouts as much as you can. Make visits to schools that you want to play at.

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?
R. Perkins: I long toss, lift, and hit when I am not playing football to stay in top shape for baseball.

PBR: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?
R. Perkins: My most memorable moment in my career would be winning Cooperstown.

PBR: What do you like most about the Murray State and what were the key factors in making your decision?
R. Perkins: I like the direction the program is going, and I like the head coach. I also liked the academic fields they offered.

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?
R. Perkins: Missouri State and Jeff Co.

PBR: Describe your experience at PBR's Futures Games last August.
R. Perkins: It was a blast to make new friends with some of the best players in my state. Also to play against some of the better players in other states was awesome. The Future Games gave me a lot of exposure to colleges and it was just a great experience.
PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals? Name some players that will play a key role for Francis Howell in 2016.
R. Perkins: I feel like our team will be very good. We will be very senior heavy and I expect to win a state championship. The players that will play a key role are Justin Perkins, Luke Kahle, and Brady Wildschuetz.

PBR: Where do you play in the summer? And what has been your most memorable experience with them?
R. Perkins: I play summer ball for the St. Louis Rawlings Prospects and my most memorable moment with them would be playing in the perfect game tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.

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