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Who is Harold Perkins Jr.? LSU pass rusher has arrival game with four sacks vs. Arkansas

Sporting News 11/12/2022 Kevin Skiver
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Nothing came easy for No. 7 LSU in Saturday's 13-10 win over Arkansas following an emotional win against Alabama. However, that wasn't true of every Tiger. True freshman pass rusher Harold Perkins Jr. had a breakout game against the Razorbacks, putting up some outstanding numbers in addition to the biggest play of the game.

It was the latest entry in what's already been an impressive season. But this particularly game he announced his arrival.

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Perkins, who started Saturday with 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks, logged eight tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles, including the fumble that clinched LSU the game at the end. His speed coming off the edge was too much for Arkansas all game, and that was a major contributor to LSU's huge win to improve to 8-2.

The forced fumbles were particularly remarkable, with one of them involving him catching Malik Hornsby and beating him to the corner from a spy position and the other being the final nail in the coffin for Arkansas.

His four sacks tied the school record with Chuck Wiley, who achieved the feat in 1995 against South Carolina.

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When asked what he felt watching Perkins after the game on the broadcast, LSU head coach Brian Kelly was succinct.

"That he's on our team, thank god."

Why did Harold Perkins commit to LSU?

Kelly's comment rings especially loud given Perkins wasn't supposed to land in Baton Rouge. In fact, Kelly's presence may well have swung the budding star.

Perkins, a five-star prospect who was the eighth-best recruit in the country, the second linebacker, and second in the state of Texas, had initially committed to Jimbo Fischer's No. 1 ranked Texas A&M class.

In January, however, Perkins de-committed from Texas A&M and later signed with the Tigers. 

"I'm coming home," Perkins said on Feb. 2 when he committed, per Sports Illustrated. "Everywhere Coach Kelly went, he went there and he turned the program around."

The "coming home" quote is in reference to him being born in New Orleans.

Perkins was also sought after by Florida, Texas, Alabama, and of course, Arkansas.

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