Irish Make Move with Perkins

David Perkins grew up across town from Notre Dame, but when it became apparent that he'd be a Division I football prospect, he didn't give much thought to playing for the Irish. After spending an afternoon with the Notre Dame coaching staff, the standout running back from Washington High School High School (South Bend, Ind.) has had a change of mind.

It took 17 years for David Perkins to form the opinion that he really wasn't interested in playing for the hometown Fighting Irish. It then took just one afternoon at the Notre Dame junior day last Saturday to completely change his mind.

"They showed me a lot of love… a lot of love" the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Perkins said. "They like me a lot and they expressed that. They want me at running back. I definitely liked hearing that.

"I had a great time. I had an amazing time. If every junior day is like that then it's going to be hard to pick the school."

"I had coaches site down and eat lunch and dinner with me," he said. "I had coaches sit down and talk to me individually. They stressed the fact that they really want me there."

Perkins was impressed with the sincerity of the Notre Dame coaching staff as well as a few of the players that he had a chance to meet.

"I talked to Darius Fleming, Manti Te'o, and Kapron Lewis-Moore," he explained. "They really have a family atmosphere there. You hear other schools talk about it, but they really have it and as soon as you get there, you can feel it.

"I got to talk to coach Kelly. He told me, if I want to come to Notre Dame, it's up to me. He told me that I just need to get the test score before they offer."

Perkins currently holds a 3.2 g.p.a. and he will be taking the SAT in April. If he achieves a score that is acceptable for Notre Dame and the Irish do come through with a scholarship offer, the Irish might be the team to beat.

"Before it was a school that was in the city and close by," he said. "I guess I was just closed minded about going to Notre Dame. I didn't want to stay at home. It's still a prestigious school, but just the idea of staying around here wasn't what I wanted to do.

"But now, Notre Dame is definitely one of my favorites."

Perkins has 10 scholarship offers from the likes of SMU, Northern Illinois, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Louisville and Toledo.

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