Your skills and needs are going to change rapidly in the next year.
Alder Creek are some great people. I know Steve Scherer, the former co-owner. They won't steer you wrong.
Of the boats you listed, Perception is a goner. Replace that name with Pyranha. Now, among Jackson, LL, Pyranha, and Dagger, all have their advocates, their benefits, and their drawbacks, and each will have a model that fits individual paddlers and their styles better.
Want to spend your hard-earned cash on some great gear that you will have for a lifetime instead of something janky that will only last you a season or two? Spend it on a good drysuit. Kokatat has a lifetime guarantee. A good drysuit will extend your season, and you can get out now in the pre-runoff flows and learn to boat while everyone else is just warming up for the summer. If you wait until the post-runoff flows that are beginner friendly, you're probably looking at waiting to start until late June.
Get a decent used
river runner, learn to roll, develop your river reading skills on some decent class II water. Find a local crew to paddle with who will push you (a little). You want to be challenged, not terrified.
If you want to buy a new boat, it should be your 2nd or 3rd boat.
If you want this to be a new lifetime sport, may as well also take a swiftwater rescue class.