IE Quick Take: David Perkins

South Bend product David Perkins has added his name to the list of committed players for Notre Dame in the Class of 2012. Irish Eyes offers its take on the newest member of the class.

Tuesday's announcement by South Bend (IN) Washington High School linebacker David Perkins gives Brian Kelly and his staff itheir tenth member in the class of 2012.

What To Like

Projected as an outside linebacker at Notre Dame, David Perkins may not fit the type of physical stature Brian Kelly and his staff has recruited in the past two classes. However, the physical abilities shown by Perkins make him a great fit and a player who adds another dimension to Bob Diaco's defense.

Perkins has great speed and burst out of his first step. This makes him able to line up on the edge and get past slower offensive tackles. The balance and explosive shown during several combines this winter and spring pushed Perkins from average recruit to top level talent.

Another area Perkins will have an advantage with is his ability to drop back into coverage.

What May Concern You

There is no mistaking there were several questions surrounding Perkins and the interest being shown by Notre Dame. Some of those seemed to be in the academic area and may well have been the reasons the Irish delayed in making a scholarship offer. However, Perkins did the work needed and after a detailed campus visit an offer was made.

Bottom Line

Getting David Perkins verbal pledge is huge for the Irish. A 4-star prospect (#27 – OLB overall) adds another top level talent to an already solid class.

Adding a player who can play multiple positions also gives the Irish some flexibility down the road as Perkins can line up on either side of the ball.

Projected as an outside linebacker, Perkins could also move inside or even be a running back if the need would arise. A player with raw athletic talent who has the skills and speed to play in any conference in the country, David Perkins is a great addition to the class. Top Stories