January 15, 2012

Perkins impressed by Ohio State

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With linebacker being a pressing need for Ohio State in the 2012 recruiting class, much of this weekend's focus was on four-star South Bend (Ind.) Washington product David Perkins. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete is being recruited as an outside linebacker by the Buckeyes and he came away impressed by his official visit to Ohio State over the weekend.

"It was amazing," said Perkins. "I enjoyed myself a lot out there. Great players, great coaches, everything was great about Ohio State. The people were great, everyone was so cool."

Perkins has been on several unofficial visits in the past year, with the trip to Columbus being just his second official visit of the process. Still, his experience in Columbus is now the standard by which future visits will be measured.

"This is the best visit I've taken," he said. "When I got on campus we went out to eat at the Union and went back to the dorms. The next day we toured some of the academic buildings and went to Eddie George's Grill for dinner and then met up with the coaches and went out with the players."

Perkins spent a lot of his time on campus with the coach that would be his future position coach if he chose the Buckeyes.

"I spent the most time with coach (Luke) Fickell," Perkins said. "He said that I'm probably one of the most athletic linebackers in the class. He said they need people that can run and hit and he said that linebacker was a big need and he's recruiting a specific type of linebacker. He said next year that the freshmen might have to play."

Perkins maintained his status as an uncommitted prospect and has two more official visits coming up before making his final decision.

"I'm going to Illinois next weekend and then Cal the weekend after that," he said. "Those are the only other visits that I'm going to take. After that Cal visit we'll see what happens (as far as a decision date)."

At the moment, Ohio State seems to be in the driver's seat for one of the top athletes in the Midwest.

"Right now Ohio State is number one," he said. "This visit was better than my Missouri visit."


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