Ronnie Perkins (Nate

Irish offer versatile pass rusher

Notre Dame continues to widen its search for difference makers on the defensive line. Four-star Ronnie Perkins is the latest to make Irish Illustrated’s Offer Alert. Perkins has a national offer list to back up his big time skill set.

Class of 2018
Position: Defensive Line
Top offers: LSU, Oklahoma, Texas

As Notre Dame continues its search on the defensive line, Perkins brings a lot to the table. He shows plenty of raw power, bulling over opposing offensive linemen or pushing them back to collapse the pocket. There’s also an element of quickness to his game and above average athleticism. Perkins plays tight end too and is more than just a big body. He shows nice burst and wiggle in the screen game. Combining all those factors lends to position flexibility. Perkins lines up both on the edge and interior.

“This kid has a big frame, but also great athleticism and has the ability to play inside. I think the upside of being able to play inside-outside, but especially as a three-tech with that length and quickness, makes him a potentially special prospect. It is easy to see why he is getting all these offers. I like him too because he can fit in a 4-3 or a 3-4, so if Notre Dame gives multiple looks, he is a kid who can play in multiple fronts.” — Allen Trieu, Midwest recruiting manager

Early indications have Oklahoma and in-state Missouri as top contenders. Oklahoma had Perkins on campus last month for a junior day. But it seems like a wide open field, especially because Perkins sports a national offer list and there isn’t a program nearby that’s keeping all the area prospects around home. Perkins plans to visit Iowa and Iowa State this weekend.

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Four. Notre Dame has a couple defensive line commitments already in Jayson and Justin Ademilola. That leaves room for a couple more. Lately the emphasis has been on offering pure pass rushers. Perkins doesn’t fit that mold exactly. Maybe he’s more of a strong side defensive end down the line, but he shows great ability to get after the quarterback anyway. There’s certainly room (right now) for a prospect of his talent.

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