Perkins Believes He Fits Oregon's "Style"

Once a verbal commit to Notre Dame, South Bend (IN) Washington four-star linebacker David Perkins has reopened his recruitment and is now taking offers from numerous high-level programs across the country. Recently, Perkins has been in contact with Oregon, a school he believes could be a good fit for him.

You are currently de-committed from Notre Dame and re-evaluation your options, is that right?


As of right now, do you currently have an offer from Oregon?


What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"Me and coach DP (Don Pellum), we talk weekly. When I told him I was reopening (my recruitment), he was excited and he was telling me he was hoping I would schedule a visit. Oregon is definitely a school that I like and a school that I would like an opportunity to see."

As of now, have you scheduled an official visit to Oregon?


What is it about Oregon that has you considering them as a potential option?

"They fit my style of ball; fast, uptempo...they put their players in good positions to make plays. How DP wants to use me in the defense, I feel like I'd fit right in."

Since coach Pellum is recruiting you, is it safe to assume they prefer you at linebacker?


How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm very versatile. I can do anything that's asked of me. I feel like I'm the most explosive player on the field no matter where I am or who else is on the field. I feel like the level of ball that I play at, it brings out another level of competition. I'm a high-level competitor and that makes me attractive to other schools. I get out here at these camps with a lot of other ‘four-star' and ‘five-star' prospects and they say, ‘Well he's from Indiana, he's not supposed to be that good...He doesn't play anybody,' but I get out here and compete with other guys ranked just as high as me and also a lot higher than me and I still hold my own. I have a lot of potential and I feel I can be real, real, real good."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I'd say when I'm on offense, I'd have to say probably Darren McFadden. On defense...oh man, that's a hard one...probably Von Miller."

You're teammates with fellow Oregon prospect, Gehrig Dieter. Have you guys discussed playing together at the collegiate level?

"Yeah definitely. We talk about it often and that's something that we're both interested in. It would be great if things work out that way, but ultimately, it's our (own) decision where we want to go and what we want to make out of it. But it is something we talk about."

What are you looking for in a program?

"High-level of competition. I want to play at one of the best, high level schools. Definitely I would like to have a nice, solid coaching staff...have a strong relationship with coaching staff. I'd like to know what's expected of me and what I'll be doing before I get on campus, so when I get on campus, I can be polished and know what I'm doing. It's a lot of things that go in to it, but that's what I'm looking at."

Have you given any thought as to what you want to study when you get to college?

"I'm thinking of broadcasting or civil engineering."

After de-committing from Notre Dame, what schools are currently in the mix for you?

"Oh there's a ton of schools in the mix right now. There's no one school ahead of the other. Right now, I'm just sitting back looking at what all the schools are saying to me and what they like about me and what they have planned for me and how much they want me and stuff like that. So I'm just sitting back and really just taking it slow. I'm not scheduling any visits or anything until my season's over with and I feel by that time, I'll have a top five."

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