Jadarrius Perkins, a senior defensive back for the Florida Gators, is entering the transfer portal. In the season opener against Utah, Perkins played only six snaps and recorded one tackle. He was competing with Jaydon Hill for the nickel spot, but Hill took the majority of the snaps against the Utes. Sources indicate that there are no hard feelings between Perkins and Florida and this is simply a case of Perkins wanting more playing time to showcase his abilities this late in his career. With Perkins moving on, true freshman Sharif Denson is expected to move up the depth chart.
Here is the tweet from Perkins announcing his intentions
I want to appreciate Dan Mullen and Scott Strickland for giving me the Opportunity to be a Gator something I’ll remember and cherish forever. With that being said I have decided to enter my name in the Transfer Portal as a Graduate. A really unfortunate situation I love all of my teammates that has kept me up throughout everything.
Outside noise mean zero only the people in this circle knows the real and that’s all that truly matters.
Wishing my brothers luck in finishing this season you guys works so hard for it.
In 2022, Perkins played in all 13 games, recording 14 tackles (12 solo), 2.0 TFL, and one interception. He made two solo tackles in the Las Vegas Bowl against No. 14 Oregon State and recorded two solo tackles in the win at Texas A&M. Perkins also logged one tackle and his first-career interception against No. 1 Georgia, and had a season-high three tackles while adding 1.0 TFL for a two-yard loss in the win over Missouri. Additionally, he recorded one solo tackle for a loss of three yards in the victory against Eastern Washington and picked up one solo tackle in the win over USF. Perkins saw action and picked up two tackles (one solo) against No. 20 Kentucky and played and recorded two tackles (one solo) in the season-opening win against No. 7 Utah.
In 2021, Perkins appeared as a reserve defensive back in nine games while drawing the start against Samford. He owned two pass breakups, one QB hit, 25 tackles (15 solo), and one tackle for loss. Perkins racked up six tackles (five solo) in his first start as a Gator against Samford and recorded three solo tackles, one TFL, and one QB hit at South Carolina. He had two solo tackles and one pass breakup at LSU and tallied a career-high seven tackles (two solo) against Vanderbilt. Perkins also posted one solo tackle against Tennessee, appeared as a reserve cornerback and recorded three tackles (one solo) and one pass breakup against South Florida, and saw game action in the season opener against Florida Atlantic, tallying three total tackles (one solo) for the first of his Division I career.
Before joining Florida, Perkins spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he was teammates with Diwun Black. He appeared in 14 games with the Bulldogs, contributing 32 total tackles (21 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, and one interception. Perkins transferred to Mizzou, where he spent Spring 2021 before joining the Gators in the Summer 2021. He attended Hattiesburg High School, where as a senior he was named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 5A All-State team.