Editor’s note: This story was initially published after Perkins’ commitment Dec. 12. It has been updated to reflect his signing.
Three-star offensive guard Zach Perkins officially signed with Maryland football’s 2020 class Wednesday morning, less than a week after announcing his commitment on Dec. 12.
“First I would like to thank GOD for putting me in this situation,” Perkins said in his commitment announcement tweet. “I’d like to thank my family and coaches for all of their support. With that being said, I am 100% committed to the University of Maryland!”
Perkins was in College Park as Maryland took on Nebraska while being committed to Marshall University, but decommitted days later on Nov. 26.
Similar to offensive lineman Delmar Glaze, the recruiting process was fast for Perkins as he received an offer from Maryland the same day he decommitted from Marshall. He then opted to commit to Maryland before his scheduled official visit. He is the third offensive lineman to announce his pledge to Mike Locksley in six days.
“First of all, Maryland has a great business school,” Perkins told Testudo Times. “Coach Locksley and Coach Reagan are very good at developing guys for the next stage of their lives, so that’s all a great package for me.”
Perkins, who hails from Tampa, Florida, chose the Terps over offers from FAU, FIU, Marshall, Kentucky and more. He also garnered interest from other Power Five schools, but Maryland and Kentucky were the programs that extended offers.
At Berkeley Preparatory School, the 6’4, 321-pound Perkins played as a guard and tackle along both sides of the offensive line. His size and power were unmatched by the majority of his opponents — leaving nothing further to be desired in his highlight tape.
“I think I’m a really good pass blocker and run blocker,” Perkins said. “My team is a run-heavy team, so I also think I’m good at opening holes for running backs.”
When Perkins joined the fold, Maryland had 22 commitments in the class of 2020, which was good for No. 36 in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
“Maryland is going to be a totally different team next year,” Perkins said due to roster changes. “They want a different culture and team in the locker room. They want guys that are smart, academic guys and guys who work hard in practice and in the game.”