The Missouri Tigers have caught the attention of one of the top 4-star athletes available in the 2012 recruiting class.
South Bend (IN) Washington 4-star 2012 prospect David Perkins, currently ranked the 21st best outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, confirmed to ShowMeMizzou.com that he is interested in Missouri, has an offer from them and is being recruiting by the Tigers.
The 6'2" 215lbs Perkins recently de-committed from Notre Dame and re-opened his recruitment with Mizzou being one of the schools he has interest in focusing on with his recruitment after his season is over.
"Yes, sir," said Perkins when asked if Missouri was on his list of schools under consideration with the re-opening of his recruitment. "I don't have a narrowed list of schools, but Missouri is a school I like and will be considering possibly going to. I talk to Coach Kul (Craig Kulgowski) and like him a lot. We have had some good talks."
I asked Perkins what he knew about Missouri and what it was about them that drew his attention?
"I know that Missouri is a good program and pretty consistent winning with a good coaching staff. Them moving to the SEC helps and I like that a lot. The SEC plays the best ball and provides the highest competition. Everyone wants to play there.They have also produced some pretty good players over the years, sending guys to the NFL, which is something I want a shot at doing. So, there are a lot of things."
The talented Perkins, who told me he runs a 4.38 forty yard dash, and has played LB,DE,WR and rushed for over 1,300 yards as a running back this season, said that the Tigers are recruiting him as an athlete.
"Coach Kul said that they like me as an outside linebacker/rush end who can use my speed on defense, but that I could also play offense at either receiver or running back and that it would be up to me to choose where I wanted to play to start off. I don't have a preference. I am still up in the air about where I will play," said Perkins.
He has a criteria of what he will be looking for in a program that he hopes to attend.
"I want to be able to play early. I am also looking for getting a good education at a school with a good coaching staff, and play against a high level of competition. Distance doesn't really matter to me."
Perkins also said that he wants to major in either broadcasting, civil engineering or physical therapy in college.
Once his season is over, he will turn his attention to recruiting fully and narrow his list of schools to those he plans on visiting.
Perkins will be playing in a state semifinal match-up this Friday, and could play Gunner Kiel's Columbus (IN) East team in the state championship game if they advance.