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UVA football lands prized JUCO QB commitment

uva footballVirginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall has a chance to build a succession plan at quarterback this spring.

Bryce Perkins, a former Arizona State quarterback who played this season at Arizona Western College, announced his commitment to UVA on Tuesday.

Perkins will enroll at the University of Virginia in January and be eligible to compete immediately.

A 6’2”, 215-pound dual-threat QB, Perkins spent a redshirt year at Arizona State, then suffered a broken bone in his neck in his second year.

The coaching staff at Arizona Staff then asked Perkins to change positions, but he decided to make the move to junior college instead.


A four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2015, Perkins, a native of Chandler, Ariz., had also had offers from UCLA and Northwestern.

This fall, Perkins led Arizona Western to the NJCAA national-title game, where he threw for 139 yards and ran for 123 yards in a 31-28 loss to top-ranked East Mississippi.

For the season, Perkins threw for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns, with eight interceptions, completing 63.3 percent of his passes, adding 353 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Perkins will have at least two years of college eligibility remaining, but he reportedly will seek a third year through a medical redshirt.

He joins freshman Lindell Stone, a three-star recruit from Woodberry Forest who served as Kurt Benkert’s backup this season, and three-star high-school commit Brennan Armstrong (Shelby, Ohio), in the mix for the starting quarterback job at Virginia in 2018.

Story by Chris Graham