Perkins (6-0, 180-lbs) said the decision to soften his verbal commitment had nothing to do with Jim Harbaugh
, he is worried that as signing day approaches, he will not hear back from Stanford admissions.
"I think I'm the only one that's committed there that hasn't been told (about being accepted to the university)," Perkins said. "It wasn't really the Coach Harbaugh leaving, it's that I haven't been accepted yet."
With his recruitment re-opened, Perkins is exploring other schools, with Northwestern at the top of his list.
Perkins has been accepted to Northwestern, but has not received a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. But Perkins met with Northwestern coaches, and came away impressed with his meeting.
"Their coach came to my house and we talked for quite a while, about two hours," Perkins said. "He got to know me, and he was asking a lot about me, a lot about character. He explained his situation and how he has four (running backs) leaving, and how they've had a lot of injury problems. He's looking forward to me coming out and meeting the coach. Of course I know the academics are phenomenal out there."
The next step for Perkins will be an official visit this weekend. Perkins is set to arrive in Evanston on Thursday night, and do an extended visit through Sunday. The visit will be capped off by meeting with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, where Perkins could likely hear about Northwestern's scholarship situation.
Northwestern was left with little depth at running back position. Arby Fields and Alex Daniels left the football program, Scott Concannon had his career end due to injury, and Stephen Simmons is graduating, leaving the Wildcats with just a few options behind starting running back Mike Trumpy.
Thanks to a few sudden departures, running back is a major priority for Northwestern, likely making Perkins a major target for the Wildcats.
With his situation at Stanford still very uncertain, Perkins admitted he would give Northwestern very strong consideration if they were to offer a scholarship. Perkins said like Stanford, Northwestern would also be a "dream come true".
However, Perkins said depending on if and when he receives an offer from Northwestern, he likely wouldn't immediately accept.
"It depends on when they offer me," Perkins said on his decision timetable. "If they offer me now, there's still room to wait. If the time is right, I'm going to have to accept it."
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Lodi (Calif) RB Jordan Perkins has been a Stanford commit since March. However, Perkins has still not been accepted to Stanford. Now, the three-star has softened his verbal commitment, as is very interested in Northwestern.
The Stanford commit is still uncertain about his situation, and is giving the Wildcats consideration