Aug. 20, 2012
The first of a multi-segment question and answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, will feature Will Perkins, a former member of the St. Mark's squad in Dallas. Will, along with two other incoming freshmen, took part in the U-M Summer Bridge Program, spending the majority of the summer taking classes and training for the upcoming season in Ann Arbor. His brother, Jeff, is a rising senior for the Dartmouth Big Green.
On coming from Texas ... "Well, in Texas football is king so we don't get as many athletes out for lacrosse, but in the past couple of years we've started to get football players who've gotten cut or have seen people playing lacrosse when we're trying out. It's starting to grow a lot in Texas, and we're starting to get a lot of youth programs going on so it's going to get up there hopefully soon."
On playing on powerhouse lacrosse team at Saint Marks ... "Playing at Saint Marks, we play a pretty hard schedule. Also, in practice, we had a bunch of guys who were going DI, so every day I was either going against a kid who was going to Princeton, going to Dartmouth. I got experience in practice and also during games we played a pretty tough schedule. We played Calvert Hall this year from Maryland, which is a really good team. We played Durham Academy, which is a pretty good team from North Carolina, so we got some good exposure as well."
On his brother Jeff, a lacrosse player at Dartmouth and what advice he has received from him ... "The biggest aspect he told me about was just working out because in high school I wasn't really a gym rat, to say the least. He just told me to hit the weights hard and start running and taught me a lot of about what he learned from his college coaches. He brought that back to me when we would go out and do 1-on1s or something and just play around. He always had some helpful tips and he's been teaching me since I was in sixth grade, so it's always been nice having him around."
On the transition to college strength training ... "It was definitely a big transition. When I came in here and I was just used to putting on a bunch of weight and seeing if I can do it back in high school and here, it has kind of humbled me a little bit teaching me the fundamentals of lifting weights. It's been a fun experience learning how to do it correctly and helped me out a lot in that aspect."
On what he is looking forward to most about this coming season ... "Just to play with some new guys, play at the D-I level, and just play for Michigan. This school has so much tradition and I really want to be a part of that."
On what drew him from his home state of Texas to play at U-M ... "The opportunity to play DI lacrosse at a big time school. The Big Ten is just a great conference. We're not Big Ten in lacrosse yet, but still it's just the atmosphere of the school and also just the great academics."