May 25, 2011

Perkins is on the radar

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One of the most impressive camp performers this off-season has been South Bend (Ind.) Washington prospect David Perkins. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound athlete is one of the most versatile prospects in the Midwest and has seen time at running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and defensive end. At Saturday's Ohio State NIKE Camp, Perkins was one of the top overall performers, working out as a defensive end. Opposing offensive tackles had a tough time handling his speed off the edge as Perkins was able to win nearly all of his reps.

"I felt like I performed well but I could have done better," said Perkins. "As far as one-on-one's I could have showed a couple more of my moves but it was a good performance."

The strong performance should come as no surprise. Perkins has dominated multiple camps over the winter and spring and has generally come into these events with a chip on his shoulder.

"The competition really helps," said Perkins of his camp performances. "I feel like I'm the most explosive player in the nation on the field. I just have that swagger about me that I'm going to come in and do my thing. I also want to prove that I should be ranked higher and that puts a chip on my shoulder."

Perkins' big time camp performances have netted him over 20 scholarship offers so far. While Ohio State hasn't offered yet, the Buckeyes have shown an increased level of interest in recent weeks. On Saturday evening, Perkins was able to speak with the coaching staff and take a look around the facilities.

"I got to talk to coach (Jim) Tressel and coach (Luke) Fickell," he said. "They said they want to have a coach come by my school and they're hoping to get me back for a visit and they are hoping to be in my top five when I get that far along in the process."

With new offers coming on a pretty regular basis, Perkins is still weighing all of his options and there could be some new schools in the mix sooner rather than later.

"Florida State, Penn State, and Iowa are probably going to be my next three offers," he said. "I'm wide open right now. I'll probably narrow it down to my top five by mid-summer. I plan on visiting my top five over the summer, too."

Perkins is hoping to come to a final decision before the start of his senior season.

"I want to get it out of the way," he said. "I want to be able to focus on my senior season."


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