However, since committing to the Irish two months ago, Perkins' future position seems less of a certainly.
Although he is still penciled in on defense, Notre Dame is still trying to land a big-bodied running back, and the 6-foot-2½, 225-pound could fill that need.
"Whatever is my most productive position this season is probably where I'm going to end up playing," Perkins told IrishEyes.com. "They've talked a lot about defense, but every time we talk it's a different position. We're going to have to wait and see."
As a junior, Perkins made 63 tackles and managed 13 sacks. He also rushed for 783 yards and had nearly 200 receiving yards, which is leading to lofty goals for the upcoming season.
"My two biggest personal goals are 3,000 rushing yards and 30-plus sacks, but the one common team goal is to win the state championship," Perkins said. "We are very good. Everywhere you go, you hear people talk about how we're loaded with talent. We've got the pieces. It's just going to be up to us to put it together and make it happen."
As a Notre Dame pledge, Perkins knows opposing teams will be geared up to stop him on both sides of the ball.
"There are players out there who have it out for me and want to test me," Perkins said. "I'm not too worried about it. Last year I had teams game-planning against me, and I know the same thing is going to happen this year, so I'll go out and be prepared for it."
Off the field, one of the storylines in the undercurrent of Perkins' recruitment is whether he will take official visits to other schools, including the likes of Syracuse and LSU. He initially said he would make other visits, but is that still the case?
"Right now I'm not even sure myself," Perkins said.