The Irish continue their thorough search through the nations top defensive ends. The long list of elite edge rushers Notre Dame has offered includes four-star junior Ronnie Perkins, who received his Irish offer on March 1.
Perkins had a productive junior season, notching 47 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and three sacks. He also contributed considerably on the offensive side of the ball at tight end and by taking direct snaps out of the wildcat formation.
The top defensive end in the state of Missouri rates as the No. 173 recruit overall and No. 18 defensive end, nationally.
Irish Illustrated contacted Perkins to get an update on his Irish recruitment.
“I have good interest in them but I haven’t communicated with them in about a week,” Perkins said. “But I still have interest in them.”
Perkins and his head coach Carl Reed have visited Iowa State, Iowa and Minnesota, proving he does have interest in Midwest colleges.
Perkins and Reed have their sites set on several others in the future, including Notre Dame.
“We’ve been planning to go (to Notre Dame),” Perkins said. “We haven’t finalized our business for the summer yet. We’re still working on our schedule. But, yeah, we’re still planning on going to Notre Dame one week in the summer.
“I like what they offer as far as the school and I like coach (Brian) Kelly,” Perkins said. “They’re a great school overall. They’ve got a good program, so they’re in consideration.”
Perkins’ offer list includes strong programs from all the major conferences. Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Penn State, Wisconsin and UCLA are pushing for his services.
A list of schools in consideration for his commitment is in the works.
“I don’t have a top group right now,” Perkins said. “In these next few weeks, I plan on narrowing it down as I get into it. As of now, I’m still open.”
The four-star recruit competed in The Opening Regional in Chicago on April 2 where he earned Defensive Line MVP Honors and an invitation to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon this summer.
“It had the best players in the Midwest,” Perkins said. “It had the best offensive linemen and defensive linemen in the Midwest. I wanted to go in there and compete and dominate, like I did. I’m going to the Finals in early-July.”
A concrete commitment date being announced isn’t something we’ll see from Perkins.
“My list will come out early-summer,” Perkins said. “I don’t have a timeline for (my commitment) yet. Whenever I go somewhere and it feels right, you know, it could happen any day. I don’t really have a timeline for it.”
Perkins is considering early enrollment, but that’s not firm.
“I haven’t talked about it but I’m going to talk to coach Reed about the early enrollee stuff,” Perkins said.