David Perkins is a Buckeye!

Written January 18th, 2012 by Jim

David Perkins- elite outside linebacker, 22nd Buckeye in the 2012 class.

The Buckeye recruiting momentum keeps on rolling today in a big way with another commitment in the 2012 class (the third in four days).

Indiana linebacker David Perkins has announced he will be a Buckeye, becoming the 22nd verbal commitment in 2012 and, once again, filling a major area of need.

At 6’2″ 209 lbs. Perkins fits the linebacker profile Urban Meyer is targeting. While he is clearly a little leaner than Ohio State fans are used to (Hawk was 6’1″ 247 lbs.), Perkins is athletic, explosive, and can cover a lot of space from sideline to sideline with ease.

There is still room for the bulkier linebackers on the roster (think Curtis Grant), but unlike Tressel, Meyer is targeting two very distinct players for the outside (think Ryan Shazier) versus in the middle (Grant).

Perkins seems destined to play on the edge at this point in his career.

This commitment comes after Perkins’ official visit to Ohio State over this past weekend. Following the visit, he had nothing but rave reviews for Ohio State and things looked good for the Buckeyes.

Despite this, many observers felt that Perkins would take his remaining official visits before deciding on a school, making this early announcement somewhat of a surprise.

However, the 2012 class is obviously filling up quickly for the Buckeyes, and with the addition of Tim Hinton (Perkins’ main recruiter at ND, where he was formerly committed), Ohio State’s staff put on the full court press, leading to today’s announcement.

Following this commitment, I still expect the Buckeyes to take at least one more linebacker in 2012, but with MA LB Camren Williams visiting Columbus with his mother today, that spot is likely to fill up sooner rather than later as well.

The Silver Bullets were in desperate need of some speed and athleticism in the linebacking corps, and they took another step towards addressing that need today with that addition of David Perkins.

Here are some highlights to drive that point home.

Welcome to the Ohio State family, David!

 

 

21 Comments

  1. JonathanO-H-I-ONo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Welcome aboard Mr. Perkins. :)

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  2. ZbdNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Great news. We need linebackers. Waiting for Camren Williams this weekend.

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  3. Chris KennellyNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Welcome Mr. Perkins!! I can’t wait to see you in Scarlet and Gray!!
    I have watched and shown your highlight reel multiple times and it really has us all excited that you chose to be part of the Buckeye Nation!!

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  4. DaleNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Another nice pick up by Meyers. Meyers is relentless in his pursuit of great talent. And he delivers. I don’t think Tressel could have done as well. See what winning a couple of BCS Championships can do for a coach running an elite program?

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    “Meyer”. Although, I’m sure other coaches think it’s Myers, too.

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  5. BernieNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Wait till Urban runs out on Ohio St. Like he always seems to do and as far as the recruits he ‘s bringing on board any kid who changes schools because of a position coach going there he will be gone before the kid gets on the field on a regular basis

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    “Like he always seems to do…” Getting a promotion from BG to Utah and from Utah to Florida is “running out” on those programs?

    If Target approached you about a management opportunity, you’d leave your gig at the 7-11 immediately, right?

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    coach24No Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    bernie run out ? were is he going to run to ? Get a clue, he will retire or be forced out before he runs out. Urban is an ohio product, hes a buckeye unlike you. But im confused you have the block O by your name ? He hasnt even coached a game and your talking run out. Why dont you run out a get a dose of reality. Or will you be singing across the field in a few years and forgot about this post. Better yet bernie find another team, Because what has happened in the tressel era us BUCKEYES want to move on and for you get over the fact that OSU hired a TRUE BUCKEYE to restore honor to THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.. In the words of HANK STRAM Run that threw your damn computor bernie

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    EricNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    It’s probably worth noting that the Block O is the default image for comments.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Forget it, he’s rolling…

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  6. Tommy BoyNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Good for Urban! After the lame tatto episode, especially in comparison to whats happened at Penn State, I’m glad for OSU and their new recruits! Go Bucks

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  7. BernieNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I think you’d understand about commitment but by your comments you probably have’nt any idea whatsoever. To recruit kids for a program and sign a contract yourself to that school for six years if not longer and throw in a extension and run away as soon as you don’t feel like honoring the contract and then make up some lame excuses well that’s not good for college athletics or for the recruits you’ve left in your haste to get out of town. Try real hard to understand such novel ideas as sticking around coaching the kids and fulfill your contract obligations now that’s really expecting a lot of any careing human being which we’re not sure Urban is or ever has been, as far as a tattoo scandal being lame there was alot more going on so in closing Buckeye fans wait until you see the sanctions comming down from the lame tattoo scandal and other indiscretions then we’ll see how well Urban works out at Buckeye U.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 18th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Couple things…

    A) Welcome. We value diverse opinions, no matter how off base.

    B) I agree with you, to be honest- one of the true measures of the sham that is NCAA Amateurism is that a coach can leave with no repercussions while a player needs to sit a year if they want to transition to a different situation. It’s especially frustrating if, like happened with Eddie Sutton and UK/OkSU, the coach can jump to a new program with no issues while leaving a program with NCAA sanctions. See also Calipari, John.

    C) Also, we’ve “seen the sanctions comming down from the lame tattoo scandal and other indiscretions”- check our coverage of said NCAA response. That means that, whatever is happening with Ohio State recruiting right now, it’s happening to a program that has no post season for next year. I know you’re just as excited as we are to see the epic-ness of recruiting once the program is beyond those restrictions.

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  8. J. CurtisNo Gravatar
    January 19th, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Meyer recruited some top athletes at UF, that’s a fact! Another fact, a lot of them turned out to be busts. The drop in evaluations started after Mullen and Strong left. They were the ones who coulr evaluate talent. Meyer did a snow job on Florida and it will only be a matter of time before he does the same to OSU! He won’t beat Hoke, just like he couldn’t beat Saban, Spurrier and Miles. The 3 top coaches in the SEC own Meyer and he saw the writing on the wall and bailed. He would be t Penn State right now if the molestor hadn’t struck! That was Meyer’s initial plan. He only jump on the OSU short bus, after sweater-man took a nose dive! Good luck to you! You will think the sanctions were tough until you suffer a Meyer meltdown! Finally, OSU will not win a NC under Meyer. The top SEC coaches would continue to be his daddy and he their bi-otch!

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 19th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I’m willing to take my chances Nostradamus.

    Also, Meyer was 3-3 against LSU, 2-3 against Alabama, and 4-2 against South Carolina.

    He lost to all three teams in his final year at Florida, which was obviously not his best effort.

    You can’t just say things and make them true, and the fact that you call Spurrier one of the top coaches in the SEC clearly shows you have no idea what you are talking about, so I’m not even sure why I bothered to respond in the first place.

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  9. Pat SparksNo Gravatar
    January 19th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I would like to say,I couldn’t believe he starting coaching again after he gave the Gators A Bite in the Butt twice.I do believe he is a good man,excellant coach and will do a great job.I think being his home town may have a lot to do with how long he stays.Well as to were he can beat LSU,ALA,we will just have to wait and see.Guess you had your money on LSU when ALA came in and gave them a total new can of worms.When you think you can’t get beat””Look out it may be right around the cornor.I do wish Coach Meyer best of luck and hopehe has some family time.Pat Nashville

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  10. BillNo Gravatar
    January 19th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Funny you would use ‘honor’ and buckeye state in the same sentence. There is no honor when it comes to the Ohio state university and anything to do with its athletics program!

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Wow- that’s a blanket statement. Care to get specific, including examples of the shining testament that your favorite program upholds?

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    EricNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Did you just insult our honor? You shall die!

    Oh, wait, we’re not Klingons. Never mind, carry on.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I realize you are trying to be funny with some good ol’ fashion internet smack talk in the name of such an important topic as Ohio State athletics (or you are just incredibly stupid), but don’t be a moron.

    http://cancer.osu.edu/Pages/index.aspx

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    coach 24No Gravatar
    January 20th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    honor, ohio state the only difference between osu and all major programs is they got caught. OH what a great college penn state is whoops wow USC is on a roll woops Cam is the greatest says dad woops In america cheeting goes on 24/7 in every aspect in life dont believe me, ask a preist ouch im sorry. Its about money everything is about money
    Ok make the players give the tattos back, will that restore honor ? How about changing the wing nuts who set the rules for the NCAA. Would that restore honor and stop the cheating ? what those students did effect the out come of any game, what they did had nothing to do with the game. Its kids doing kid things. I did it u did it we all did it. The honor goes to the kids that did right and went out there and played, and coach fickell who started to put osu on the right track.. is it wrong yes is it life yes is brent mustbuger over rated yes sorry threw that in but honor and ohio state will always be used togetter in sports and education

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