David Perkins talks Vanderbilt

This year in South Bend, Ind. it looked like a case of the local high school star making his last hurrah on Friday nights before moving on to play for the hometown Fighting Irish. Such was the situation with David Perkins, out of Washington High, who committed to Notre Dame is June. However, Perkins decided to shake up the plot with a late-October tweet that simply said "open".

"I'm just going to relax for awhile," said David Perkins after the completion of his season. "I haven't scheduled any visits yet. I'm going to take my time and wait until signing day to make a decision."

Perkins, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, is being recruited by most schools as an athlete. He's played running back, wide receiver, defensive end, and outside linebacker at Washington. Although Perkins says he has no preference on his position at the next level that doesn't necessarily mean the prospective coaches shouldn't have an idea.

"When I get to campus and talk with the coaching staff, I want a distinct layout on what position they see me at and how they plan to use me in the role," said Perkins. "The relationship I have with the coaches will be a big factor for me as well as the academic side of the school."

There's a lot of competition to get Perkins on campus. He is set to graduate in January so an early enrollment is still in play at this point. Schools among his offers are top-ranked LSU, Big Ten Legends winner Michigan State, SEC-bound Missouri, and the renewed Vanderbilt with James Franklin.

"Vanderbilt is a good football program with academic prestige," said Perkins. "I think they've shocked a lot of people this year with how they played. I've been hearing from Coach (Ricky) Rahne and Coach (Bob) Shoop. They're definitely a school I'm considering."

James Franklin may want a bigger running back to go with lightning-quick Brian Kimbrow in this year's class. Perkins had a good season running the ball. He rushed 26 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the Sectional Championship against Mishawaka. The Panthers went on to the 4A State Championship game where they fell to Indianapolis Cathedral.

"In the playoffs I feel like I elevated my game to the next level," Perkins said. "I played it fairly conservative during the regular season. The whole team turned it up a notch. We knew it was either win or go home. We made plays when we had to and made a nice run to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to play for a state championship."

Washington was only 6-3 during the regular season, but rolled through the 4A playoffs winning five games before the loss to Indianapolis Cathedral. Playing a 15-game season will only help Perkins as he continues on in his playing career.

"My endurance allowed me to perform at a higher level this year," said Perkins. "I went hard every snap. Now I'm going to focus on polishing my body for when I get to campus."

Perkins just needs to decide which campus will land his services. In the meantime, Perkins says he'll choose to play in the Offense- Defense All-American Bowl at Cowboys Stadium or the All-World Gridiron Classic in Charleston, SC in December.

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