Catching Up with David Perkins: Committed

By Alex on January 19, 2012 at 12:30p
Perkins is trying to be a "special player" at Ohio StatePerkins feels good to be a Buckeye

We spoke to David "Boom" Perkins back in early December and at the time, the four-star stand out seemed like a bit of a long shot to end up as a Buckeye. Fast forward to yesterday and Perkins became the 22nd member of an Ohio State recruiting class of 2012 that is headed for a top three national finish.

The linebacker from South Bend (IN) Washington made the trip one state east for his official visit last weekend and the visit went extremely well to say the least. Perkins didn't keep it a secret how much he was enjoying his time in Columbus on the visit and it appeared the Buckeyes were in the driver's seat upon his departure from campus. Perkins stated he really loved the trip, but was set on making his final two visits two Illinois and California before concluding his recruitment.

That plan changed, however, as Perkins felt the love for Ohio State continuing to grow and canceled the visits to Champaign and Berkeley, making the call to pledge to the Buckeyes. In Perkins, OSU is getting a freak athlete, who runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and compiled 103 tackles (26 for loss), 7 sacks, 2 interceptions (one for a TD), 8 forced fumbles, and 5 fumble recoveries at linebacker during his senior season, in addition to over 1,300 yards and 20 TDs while playing running back.

We got a chance to catch up with David to get the scoop on why he committed to Ohio State, what position he'll play in college, what went down on his official visit last weekend, and much more. Join us after the jump to get the latest news on the newest Buckeye, David Perkins.

You just made it official that your are committed to Ohio State. How does it feel to be a Buckeye?

Honestly, it feels amazing. This feeling is what I wanted for a while now. I am loving every minute of this so far and can't wait to get on campus and get going as a Buckeye.

When did you notify the coaching staff about your commitment and how did they react?

I left campus on Sunday and got a call from Coach Fickell and Coach Vrabel on Monday night. They told me they were with Coach Meyer and that they were going to be coming by the school on Wednesday to see me. I asked them if Coach Meyer would be coming and they said no that he would come when I was ready to wrap things up. I told them well then he should come with you two on Wednesday because I am ready to commit. Coach Meyer then got on the phone and told me he was so excited, that I was one of their top guys. He told me they expect big things from me both on and off the field and there were high expectations for me from here on out.

Did the coaches say anything about redshirting or playing next year?

Yeah, they told me to get ready to be thrown into the fire, that I wasn't coming there to redshirt or play special teams only. They said I should be ready as a freshman to work my way into the rotation and come to campus ready to play right away. I told them I was ready to compete for a starting job and Coach Meyer said "Good, that's why we love you so much".

Obviously last weekend's visit sealed the deal for you. What did you do/see on the visit that had you coming away knowing that Ohio State was the place you belonged?

From the minute I got off the plane and got on campus, I had "that feeling". People always say you will just know when a school is right for you and that's how I felt about Ohio State. In addition, the facilities, people, academic support, and everything else at Ohio State is just great. You can tell everyone knows why you are coming to a place like that and they really put you in a position to succeed. I also spent a lot of time with the players, especially Ryan Shazier. He is great and we are so much alike, I was calling him my "light-skinned twin" (laughs). He was a great host and we got real right over the weekend.

What was your first impression of Urban Meyer when meeting him?

At first, the thing I noticed was how tall he was. I was surprised because I thought he was only going to be like 5'7" or something like that, but he was at least 6'2". Other than that, I just noticed how he is down to earth, fiery, passionate, and has that natural competitive instinct. Just sitting down to talk, breaking down my film, or just hanging out with him, you can tell that he's a really passionate guy.

What position did Ohio State tell you that you'd be playing in college?

They didn't say for sure, but they thought I could play any of the three linebacker spots. They kind of said initially they liked me at the SAM linebacker position, and I know they really want to use my pass-rushing skills to get after the quarterback.

When will you be enrolling in classes? What do you plan to study?

I will be enrolling in June and I think right now I am planning to study Sports Management.

What part of your game do you need to work on the most before you get to Columbus?

I really just want to polish off my game overall, but pass-rushing skills, my get-off, and fundamentals are the things I will work on the most. Fundamentals are probably the most important and the coaches told me that they were very vital to me playing my freshman year. Things like working on squaring up and using lateral movement will help me see the field earlier at Ohio State.

If you can say one thing to Buckeye Nation, what would it be?

I would just like to say thank you to Buckeye Nation for embracing me and I want you all to expect big things. You are getting a guy who is going to come in and immediately be a leader, not just in my class, but for the whole team. When plays need to be made I am going to step up and make them. I'm going to work extremely hard to be a very special player for all of you and I just want to say Go Buckeyes!


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ih8rolltyde's picture

I like this dude a lot. Perkins and Shazier.....

Linebacker factory operational once more.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

bassplayer7770's picture

Wow, this guy really does sound like Shazier's twin!  Once again, welcome to tOSU, Boom!

BuddhaBuck's picture

LOL. I think one of his twitter tweets @Shazier was that Shazier was a lighter skinned version of him.. 

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Matt's picture

Great kid, great interview.  I have a feeling that he is going to be one of the most special players in this class.  He has all the physical gifts and now its on Fickell and Vrabel to mold him into an All-American talent at LB.  It's players like these that are going to put us into the MNC game.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

David - WELCOME to the Buckeye Nation!!!  You are about to be blown away the first time you come out of that tunnel this year!!!

Looking forward to watching you just crush opposing quarterbacks and anybody else that happens to be carrying the ball - especially Denard from Ann Arbor Community College!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Maestro's picture

Stay on the straight and narrow young man...........and kick ass on the field.

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Baroclinicity's picture

Exactly.  Great interview.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Really great interview. He seems like one we're going to be proud to call a Buckeye. 

DMcDougal24's picture

What are the chances he cancelled other visits and committed due to pressures of 2012 class quickly filling up?

BucksfanXC's picture

Like these answers. Love the kid so far. Go BUCKS

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Abhi's picture

Great interview. You can tell just by reading that he is very excited!

RBuck's picture

Wow! A quarter of his tackles were for a loss. Can't wait to see David on the field.

Long live the southend.

BTwrestle04's picture

This guy makes De'Vante Harris look like a peon. You can obviously tell he didn't half-ass this interview. He is a Buckeye through and through.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

His answer to the last question sums it up for me.   GREAT stuff.   Now compare that to kalis's garbage from the other day,  THATS the difference between trash and class.  

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

superbuck's picture

Like Keith Jackson use to say HE'LL  PUT A SLOOBERKNOCKER ON EM


Riggins's picture

David Damn Perkins. 

Too soon?  Nah.

JasonBuck's picture

Have to admit this interview gave me goose bumps.  Good to see a kid who really wants to be a Buckeye and has such passion for the game.  Shazier and Perkins in our linebacking corp for the next few years it going to be down right scary.  And with Spence, Washington, Pittman, Schutt, and the others up front, all I can say is "Mr. Kalis, you are definitely right about their being blood on the field.....I would just make sure you bring some to Columbus next year so they can give you a transfusion right after the game"!

JasonBuck's picture

And I have to say I think he DEFINITELY should keep his nickname "BOOOOMMMMM" it will be nice to keep the tradition going!

Jbuckham94's picture

Is it just me, but are we forgetting about Josh Perry, who is ranked as a higher linebacker by rivals and scout? He was one of the earlier enrollees, so I'm wondering if people are Forgetting about him, or if we know he won't be as good as Perkins. Thoughts?

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

bassplayer7770's picture

I certainly agree. I hate to forget about Perry or the others who will be competing for PT at LB next season.  Hopefully, a 100% Crowell will be among them.

Maestro's picture

Perry has been committed since 2009 or something.  Very excited about him, but Perkins is exciting because of the recent developments in his Buckeye-dom.

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Larryp713's picture

Love the interview! This kid sounds like Urban Meyer in a linebacker's body, he is going to fit in very nicely. The Buckeye's defense is going to be ridiculous for the next couple of years!



Squirrel Master's picture

So, we Know OSU will have Shazier who we know is pure lightning and thunder, and now OSU will have a LB who can run a pure 4.4. It's going to be layers (not like onions) of speed that Denard and others will have to avoid for the next couple of years.

"Start of the play, Denard makes his usual juke moves to get around a swarm of Simon and Spence. He makes a move to get past Shazier then stiffarms Perkins eight yards in, then BAM, he gets railroaded by Santa Claus.


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

William's picture

^ This made me laugh haha

cplunk's picture

This is sooooo why did I laugh for about five minutes? Well done

Squirrel Master's picture

can't help but act like a fool when the news coming in everyday is good news. Especially after the past year of constant disappointment. So yeah pretty dumb but it is sooooo fun to think of Denard and Martinez trying to run with all this speed coming in. Can you name more than 5 players (one hand) on the team last year that you would consider fast? I can't think of many beyond Shazier and Roby. Howard I guess is fast. Sabino? Nate Williams but he was injured all year. Simon is just a beast but not what I consider fast.

Meyer is really upgrading the speed of the team and it will show immediately.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Maestro's picture

Sabino looked very slow at times this past season.

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SPreston2001's picture

Naw Sabino has good speed for a LB...

Squirrel Master's picture

he does but when watching the games I see the power with the hitting but he just doesn't have that speed where you see him in on every play. You would see that with Shazier. It just seemed like he was all over the place.

Now I can see Shazier and Perkins being the first guys to hit and hold while Sabino shows up for the finishing lick! That would be awesome to see.


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

BuckeyeNation's picture

What do you mean... Santa Claus isn't real???

Seth4Bucks's picture

He'll be a great complement to Shazier, glad that we'll be getting faster at the linebacking corps. Going back to his interview in December, he had this to say

"What are you looking for when making your college decision?

I'm looking for three things. First, would be to go somewhere where I can get a good degree. Second, would be somewhere I can win a National Championship. Finally, I want to go somewhere that I can play early. I want to break records and be the best at my position, so to do that I need to see the field early.

He's hungry for playing time and what's more is that he sounds like he'll be a 4 year kind of guy. There have been some really great ones at OSU and he'll have to have a great four years to break some of the records that OSU has. I'm hoping for his sake and ours that he at least makes a run for those records. Who knows, maybe he'll get his name on some records and get his NC.

TNBuckeye1421's picture

tsun and thier tiny QB should be shaking right now... If somehow they get past Spence and Washington they get to deal with Perkins, Shaizer, and Perry for the next3 to 4 years!!! 

Squirrel Master's picture

well then if we get Armani Reeves and Demetrious Cox. Then the next level will be Roby, Reeves and Cox with whoever else can win that spot.

I am trying to see how it will be possible for much of the LB and DBs to keep their jobs with these kids. First of all, Meyer I am sure will have open tryouts. Nobody is guaranteed a spot. The way Howard, Barnett and Bryant played last year and not to mention Klien, Sabino and Ohrian Johnson. They are getting the notice this year, get it together or someone will take your place. There is no loyalty with Meyer from last years team.

It would not surprise me if the LBs come out as Perkins, Shazier and Camren Williams and the DBs will be Roby, Reeves, Bogard and cox.


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

SPreston2001's picture

Lol I doubt Urb will start that many true freshman but who knows. The transition from HS to college isnt quiet that simple. Besides those guys your talking about benching were also highly touted coming out of HS....

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

From what I've seen and read - if you're good enough, you're going to get whatever playing time you've earned.  Given the incoming studs in 2012 class - they're going to see some playing time!!!

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Buckeyejason's picture

Good to have this kid. Welcome!

Why does everyone think Denard and Scum will be "destroyed" or what not against these 2012 commits. I doubt most of them even play very much next season besides special teams. Denard is only going to be there one more season.


SPreston2001's picture

Lol relax man im sure everyone is just excited about the news. Besides im sure the thought of "destroying" scUM is something that will bring joy to all of us lol.

BrewstersMillions's picture

My God...this is the first wave guys. Heck, this is a half of a wave. Meyer has had his hands on OSU ball for about 2 months now and look at what he has done. The guy is going to have some world class offensive football at OSU but look at the slew of defenders he is putting out there. Stretch this out over a year or two and you start to really see what sort of unit the defense will be. We will be 2 deep at every DL position, will have the Big Ten's best LB in Shazier and will be able to rotate speed for speed. The one thing that keeps me balanced-recruiting is an educated guess. Mike D'Andrea was the top rated MLB in the country, Nick Mangold barely registered in a lot of scouting organizations. All of these stars look nice but if they go all Mike D on us then its all for naught.

With that said, Meyer is getting himself some really really nice clay to mold his team out of. Michigan and the rest of the B1G is in for a long decade....

Jangs78's picture

Couldnt be more excited to have David become a Buckeye.  Seems like a great kid and a beast on the field!  I have a feeling he's gonna be one of the special ones of this class....and that says a lots cuz there are a few gems coming in this year.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Actually ESPN just dropped him from a 5 star ND LB prospect to an unranked Centerfielder....once he signed with OSU.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Centerfielder or goalie?

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I know it's way premature to ask this, but: Shazier and Perkins would be among the fastest/quickest, most instinctive, freakish pair of OLBs in the nation. How would they hold up against Wisky's 330 lb OLmen?

Nick's picture

Run right by them, cuz they are going to be gobbled up by our DLine

SPreston2001's picture

Exactly! Size doesnt matter when they cant get their hands on u lol! U saw what happend in 07 when we played Florida right?.....

buckeyerod's picture

Boom...welcome to the Buckeye Nation! We look forward to watching you dominate on Saturdays the next four years. Make us proud!


Peter Pete Peterson's picture

Get a grip, y'all! This is just the beginning! When talent coming out of high school sees what's happening at OSU in '12 and '13, etc. just imagine how many 4 & 5 star recruits will want to be in the next class! Guys that want "to win a National Championship", I get goosebumps just thinkin' about it! '13 is off to a good start, spots are limited, so sign up today!

Peter "Pete" Peterson

"Recruiting is like shaving, if you don't do it everyday, you look like a bum!"  -Jim Tressel


SPreston2001's picture

Im really excited about this kid!! Seems like he really gets it and is a very bright young man! Couple that with his tremendous athletic abilities and 4.4 speed and you have one scary individual!! Welcome to Buckeye Nation Perk!!

741's picture

Love this kid's attitude, confidence, and enthusiasm!

rjsmitty's picture

Welcome to tOSU Boom and what we all hope will be the most memorable 4 years of your life. No time to relax and coast. Keep the grades up and stay outta trouble...just stick with Shazier. You two and Perry could possibly be the best LB core in the nation in a year or two! Show us all just who David "Boom" Perkins is. O-H

    Love this kids enthusiasm and his non-stop motor during games. Just watching his highlight reel and reading this interview you can tell he is a kid with high energy and character and who's sure of himself and his abilities.

"I don't wanna coach average! To hell with that!"  -UFM

CGroverL's picture

Of every incoming recruit that I saw video on, this kid was the most impressive. Defensively, he looked like a pass rushing OLB in a 3-4 set. Offensively, he was faster than every kid on every play that I saw. His punt was even impressive. How often do you see a punt get blocked, then the punter picks it up, and runs 90+ yards down the opposite sideline, jogging the last 20 yards. Unreal! SEE THE VIDEO! I can't believe my eyes. If I'm wrong, please let me know... I couldn't believe my eyes and may have been seeing things incorrectly.


Pads don't slow this kid 6'2" and 225 lbs. he is for real!!!

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



ThirdLegLouie's picture

Just saw this interview with David Perkins on Youtube from after his 1st game this past season and thought one of his answers was awesome:

The question, about a big run that he took for a TD, starts at the 1:30 mark. Hope you enjoy his answer as much as I did. 

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