Signing Day Impact: David Perkins

Ohio State needed to re-stock the linebacker position, and the signing of David Perkins helps meet that goal. Perkins has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and is ready to start his Buckeye career.

David Perkins committing to Ohio State seemed like a logical choice after his official visit, but prior to the Buckeyes hiring Urban Meyer, he wasn't remotely in the picture.

Perkins helps fill a need at linebacker, and he will find an appealing depth chart when he arrives at Ohio State. Competition for playing time could come from fellow linebacker commits Joshua Perry and Camren Williams.


I saw David Perkins for the first time at a combine in Indianapolis last winter, and he was easily the most impressive athlete in attendance. He could easily project as a tailback at the next level, but has the perfect skill set for outside linebacker. He actually reminded me of Ryan Shazier, only Perkins is bigger. Buckeye fans can only wish he is another Shazier.

"Perkins is a physically gifted kid that projects as a hybrid linebacker/edge rushing defensive end. He's at his best right now when turned loose. He'll have to work on playing assignment football and will have to add weight, but he's a strong kid and a powerful tackler. He's very quick off the ball, has good closing speed, and knows how to get to the quarterback." - Allen Trieu.


While that news was not necessarily a surprise, the timing of it may have been, as the 6'2, 220-lb linebacker still had visits on his calendar. However, his official to Ohio State the previous weekend convinced him it was the right thing to do, and after a couple days of wrestling with himself, Perkins made it official.

"I've been fighting it for about two days, but I just had to wrap it up. Just as soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in love with everything: the place, the people, the academic support. The coaches, they're all good people there with a lot of knowledge and wisdom about the game and I want to play under people like that and soak it all up."

"Coach Meyer told me to be ready to come in and learn and compete. He told me there's no choice; that I have to come in and be ready to be thrown in the fire. There's no sitting back or redshirting for a year, I'm going to be thrown in."

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