Perkins Makes a Fast 22

By Alex on January 18, 2012 at 7:36a
102 Comments
We Salute You, Mr. 22nd CommitDavid Perkins is Columbus bound

It's amazing how fortune can turn around for a program in just a matter of months. Before Urban Meyer came on board as head coach, the Buckeyes were lingering around the 25th rank in recruiting classes for the 2012 class. Just a month and a half later, they are approaching the number one spot.

The rankings shifted again today, thanks to the Buckeyes landing their 22nd commitment in the class of 2012, and 3rd commitment in three days, South Bend (IN) Washington LB David Perkins. Perkins is a 6-2/210 four-star athlete who was once committed to Notre Dame, but de-committed from the school in fall of 2011 due to Brian Kelly having issues with him making other visits. He made his decision public on Twitter early this morning, while also confirming his decision with a text message to 11W. He chose the Buckeyes over his other two finalists, Illinois and California.

The super prospect was on campus this past weekend for his official visit and told Eleven Warriors afterwards how much enjoyed the trip. While he didn't go as far as saying he committed on the spot, Perkins gave us no reason to think he would be choosing any school other than Ohio State if the choice became his with a committable offer, and he made the news official just moments ago when he let the cat out of the bag and announced he would be heading to Columbus to play his college football.

With Perkins in the fold, the Buckeyes will look to add three to six more players in this class, depending on room. With two weeks left until Signing Day, things could get very interesting as there are some very good players left on the board with so few spots remaining. Stay tuned to Eleven Warriors for the latest recruiting news, as things appear to be changing as every second goes by.

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Northbrook's picture

Great news. Kid has speed to spare and could play multiple positions.

Time to come home Mr. Dodson.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

In other news, Notre Dame just lost their starting strong safety.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Matt F's picture

Recruiting boner.  The impact Urban has made without even coaching a game is unreal.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

no doubt.  he's a machine

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

Michael's picture

I like this whole announcing via Twitter thing. Much better than hats out of a bag.

dubjayfootball90's picture

This made my morning. Great news, and great off-season to be a buckeye... The future looks so bright.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Where's the gray box???? :)

Don't text while driving.

Alex's picture

No need for the gray box when you get it from the horses mouth ;)

BuddhaBuck's picture

Haha, so true. Keep up the great work! It makes Wednesdays tolerable for us cubicle-ites.

Don't text while driving.

spqr2008's picture

I appreciate the respect he shows the fan base by contacting OSU media outlets directly

Ethan's picture

Great news. Now we close with Williams and Reeves this week, and then Dodson soon, right? Possibly Neal? 

DMcDougal24's picture

Those are the four I want as well. Let's hope we have enough room and that we are their first choices. I think each is a legitimate need for this team.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Dont forget Burrows will commit tomorrow! I know he's 2013 but the train keeps on rolling!

bassplayer7770's picture

And Jalin Marshall on the 31st.  As far as I know, both are expected to be Buckeyes.

bassplayer7770's picture

Awesome news!  Welcome, David!

VestedInterest's picture

Awesome...nothing better than seeing a kid who appeared after his visit to so badly want to be here get the opportunity. Welcome aboard.

flipbuckeye's picture

Awesome get. Welcome to Columbus, young man.

Maestro's picture

So, personally I am confused about the numbers side of things.  I assume OSU could apply for up to 28 members of this class?  Are we talking grayshirts?  With 6 early enrollees does that change the 25 number?  What about the 82 scholly limit?  Adam Griffin is of course an option to go to walk-on status and there are rumors about Hagan, but how can all of these kids squeeze into the 82 number limit?  So many questions, so little time. 

vacuuming sucks

bassplayer7770's picture

Early enrollees count toward the previous class, and we have 6 so far.  We will need to have a limit of 82 by Fall, and my understanding is more attrition is expected, and players can decide to transfer as late as this Summer (???).

Maestro's picture

Thanks for the response.  I guess the Big Ten rule is what is confusing me a bit.  We had 24 last year (Ejuan Price makes it 23 and Cardale Jones counts against this year).  So with 6 early enrollees (one of whom is Jones) that puts us at 28 for the 2011 class????

So the Big Ten rule is 25 max with approval by the league to go higher?

With 6 early enrollees is the class technically at 16 or is the Big Ten rule going to count those guys as part of this year's 25?

Oh good grief.

vacuuming sucks

bassplayer7770's picture

BTW, I am no expert, so don't count my word as official.  As for last year's class, I would think their early enrollees counted toward the previous class as well.

Maestro's picture

Duh on my part.  That makes sense.  I guess 82 is the number to be most focused on?

vacuuming sucks

BuckeyeJim's picture

I am with you on this Maestro. I don't understand, but I like what is happening.

jmoody's picture

Williams and Reeves are in Columbus today Right?

"Did you push yourself to be great today? If you didn't do it you lost a day. We ain't got many days to lose. We're going to push your a$$ like its never been pushed because what you've got in you were going to find out" UFM

DMcDougal24's picture

Alex I'm sure you'll touch on this in Recruiting Notebook, but how many spots do you expect us to have left after Perkins?

thatlillefty's picture

Great news to start the morning... what's the word on Dodson? This class is filling up fast.

Alex's picture

I think he is IN

superbuck's picture

PISS ON MICHIGAN GO BUCKS CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS YEARS GAME IN THE SHOE . I HOPE URBAN RUNS THE SCORE TO LIKE 70-7  NO MORE CONSERVATIVE PLAY WHEN WE HAVE A LEAD.  THIS WILL BE OUR BOWL GAME THIS YEAR AND I WAN'T TO GO OUT WITH A BANG.

OH-IO

SPreston2001's picture

Me too!! I just hope Braxton can improve his passing skills enough to take advantage of Urbs new high powered offense! Just think if his passing skills were just a tad bit more polished this past year he would have hit a WIDE OPEN Posey for the go ahead TD win against that team up north smh... Screw Blue!!!

nickma71's picture

Seems to be suited for strong safety or even Tressel's old "star" position after reading the scout.com bio.

bassplayer7770's picture

Alex, did you also say Urban is supposed to visit David today?  Aren't Cam Williams and Armani Reeves visiting today?

Alex's picture

Yes....players aren't with the head coach at all times on visits...trust me Urban will spend PLENTY of time with these two over the next 3 days....He will hop on his private jet, fly to South Bend, spend a couple hours there, fly back and probably have dinner with these guys...during the day I'm guessing they will take the tour, go over the academics, etc.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Holy crap this is awesome, i was still happy about yesterday's news.   GO BUCKS

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

johnblairgobucks's picture

Did Tressel ever reel in 3- 4Star recruits in a 4 day span?

SPreston2001's picture

Tres couldnt recruit nearly as good as The Urb!! Urb took a 25th ranked recruiting class that was struggling just to hang on to the commits we already had, to a top 5 class closing in on the #1 spot in a matter of weeks!!!! Wow!!!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I have an official man crush on Urban!!! 

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

rkylet83's picture

As much as Urban Fever (not the virus that claimed many lives in New Delhi) has taken the recruiting world by storm, imagine what it will be like when Coach Meyer has a FULL season to recruit!!!

mshaf's picture

This really kick starts my day out here in Cali. O-H

Denny's picture

I think it moved.

Taquitos.

Pam's picture

I spit out my coffee

SPreston2001's picture

Its amazing how much better Urban & Co are at recruiting! Tres and his staff got some good players but I dont remember them grabbing this many out of state kids! I dont think Tres recruited as fiercely as Urban! The Urb truly plucks the entire nation when it comes to recruits!! Welcome aboard David we look forward to seeing you play!!

gravey's picture

Sort of reminds me of Cie Grant.  Let's hope he can force bad throws on key plays and sing Carmen as well...

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Alex: this Perkins kid looks like a star/strong safety, but he is another player (on defense) that will count toward the total number of 2012 recruits. With Williams/Reeves looking like probable commits, does that mean that J. Marcus is now less likely?

Alex's picture

rumor is Marcus has some grade issues...word is ECU looks strong for him if he can go to college next year....I think Marcus is less likely but he's supposed to visit this weekend so we shall see

Bucksnut13's picture

I think that his film is the most impressive

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog

Northbrook's picture

Assuming Lewis, Southward and Bogard are not part of this class I would love to see us finish up with Dodson, Neal, Kimbrow, Williams, Marcus, Reeves and one of Cox or Redmond.

DallasTheologian's picture

I wouldn't be so quick to assume that Bogard is out

Northbrook's picture

I don't know that he is out and hope he is not.

DallasTheologian's picture

I believe his visit was cleared by the coaching staff which makes me feel more than bullish about our chances at keeping him.

btalbert25's picture

In Urban's interview last night he said that the 2005 coaching staff he had at Florida was the best staff in college football and was the most incredible recruiting staff he's ever seen.  He said he thinks this one will be a great staff but it'll take a couple of years to be sure.  Well, with the recruits they have amassed already, and the impending commitments of Mashall and Burrows, who will probably be 5 stars for 2013, I'd say he hit a homerun with this staff he's put together.

It's an exciting time to be a Buckeye fan, never thought we'd be in this kind of shape 8 months ago that's for sure.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

This is Great!  This site Kicks ass. Alex, promise no matter how popular you become, you'll never leave for ESPiN!!!...........promise.......

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

btalbert25's picture

Their recruiting coverage is horrible, they'd never hire someone the caliber or Alex.  That would mean when it comes to recruiting they would have someone on staff who has a clue!

Alex's picture

making me laugh guys thanks haha

German Buckeye's picture

This may not go over well here and I understand why.  But I for one am of the camp of "if you can't beat em, join em" when it comes to oversigning.  If we want to beat the SEC, we got to come to the fight with a gun and not a knife.   I don't like it necessarily, but recruiting is a cutthroat business, and if approaching the grey areas results in leveling the playing field, march on. 

rkylet83's picture

I agree 100% German Buckeye.  If the NCAA isn't coming down on Alabama, LSU and the rest of the SEC for it why the hell shouldnt we?  The moralists can scream all they want, but if you want to be the best you have to be able to compete with the best.

DallasTheologian's picture

Let's wait a couple years before we call what Urban is doing oversigning. My guess is there is a fair amount of expected attrition with the coaching regime change. I would wager that this will be one of if not the largest class Urban signs here at OSU, given the fact that he already had a large number of recruits on board when he got here.

German Buckeye's picture

Don't get me wrong, I'm not pointing a finger at Urban and saying he IS oversigning (as you say, let the numbers flush out) - but if he DOES, I'm not going to cry about it.  All's fair in love in war...

btalbert25's picture

If this class goes beyond 25, and we are counting on attrition to allow this class to get above 25 so that we have 82 scholarship players, then it is ABSOLUTELY OVERSIGNING.  We can dress it up however we want, and pat ourselves on the back for it somehow being better than what LSU and Alabama do, but what is happening with this class right now will absolutely be classified as oversigning.  I don't see any problem with what he's doing by the way, but if this were an SEC team and guys were leaving, transfering, being booted for off field stuff, etc, most people on here who are so anti-oversigning would be having a fit. 

DallasTheologian's picture

Give it three years is all I am saying. If you look at schools going through coaching changes they typically have large classes in the year of the new coach. "Get his type of players" "Implement the new system." And you can also assume there will be a greater than normal amount of attrition. Oversigning is evidenced long term not anecdotally.

Alex's picture

I don't think we're counting on attrition to fit in the class....first off there are 6 early enrollees, plus 2-3 more coming in March.....second attrition is happening due to coaching changes, etc....guys like Jeremy Cash were not forced out the door...Melvin Fellows and Scott McVey would be on medical hardship whether Meyer was here or not....Taylor Graham was not forced out the door by the coaches.......Gambrell and Clarke both were repeat offenders....I'm not saying Meyer isn't being creative in finding ways to make this class bigger but at the end of the day he's not flat out cutting kids like they do in the SEC

 

Also, there are a couple recruits with academic concerns and may not make it

btalbert25's picture

But not all oversigning in the SEC is the same.  The image that has been put out there is that they are ripping kids from the dorm the night before school starts and throwing them out on the street.  Has that happened?  Yeah, I'm sure it has, we all know the famous LSU example.  What we don't ever hear about, though, are the classes where coaches just "got creative" knowing full well there were commits who may not make the grades, or that guys were going to transfer out, or that legitimately had medical hardships.

Again, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, but there have been several times where people have challenged my opinion about oversigning by saying all oversigning is wrong.  Now those critics are mostly silent or can live with this class being larger than 25 all the sudden. 

I'm very happy about this class, and I hope it gets above 25 with the talent we are talking about.  I'm also very happy with however creative Meyer has to get to bring in the talent he wants.

Maestro's picture

I am not comfortable venturing into the world of oversigning at all.  It's obviously not my call, but it definitely is not a development that I will embrace.

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

I don't see it being a long term thing at all, this year there are special circumstances, and Meyer didn't oversign at Florida.  In fact, this season I think it would be fair for Meyer to tell a guy, you aren't going to work out here, and I don't think he should be stuck with a committment that doesn't fit his system that was made before he got to Columbus.  It's better for the program and t he kid if they part ways now.

At any rate, I just think with all the outrage over the topic lately, that if we were told there was a program somewhere else, who had a guy dimissed for shooting a BB Gun and OVI,  or that other guys were convinced a transfer may be in their best interest, Ohio State fans wouldn't dig any deeper and would just be talking about the horrible practice of oversigning.  I've always maintained that it's not a black and white issue, others insist that it is.  You do it and you are wrong, or you don't do it and are some how right.

Squirrel Master's picture

yeah, oversigning or not, doing it 1 year or every now and then due to circumstances, not a big deal! DOING IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO THE TUNE OF 30+ PER YEAR FOR 4 STRAIGHT YEARS IS A PROBLEM! coug,cough, Srabren, cough, cough.

there in lies the difference.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Nick's picture

I don't think anyone has a problem with "oversigning" if there is room just because the class is over 25 players. The numbers are not the problem at all. It is PROMISING a kid a scholarship then taking it away because you found someone better.

 

ie Georgia RB Taylor (Alabama). He was the 7th commit to the class but was told he couldn't get his scholarship because Saban signed 27 commits when he knew he could only take 25 this year. THAT is oversigning. 

poguemahone's picture

Ugh, no. I would rather have 10 Tressel-style seasons than a national championship won by Urban telling 5th-year seniors and underperforming/injured players to f*** off, Saban-style. 

BTwrestle04's picture

-1. The best players should see the field. 

poguemahone's picture

I'm not saying they shouldn't. I'm saying you shouldn't cut guys to make room for "better" players according to Scout and Rivals.

BTwrestle04's picture

You make a huge, and wrong, assumption that this is what Urban Meyer is going to do... lol

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

so..this one slipped my radar...what's going on with Bogard's listed "soft verbal?"

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Alex's picture

visited USC this past weekend with Urban's permission....also rumors about possible academic/ACT score issues....not sure on anything other than he is still a Buckeye

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

cool cool...just got interested looking through Scout b/c we were still listed at 21 recruits

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

DallasTheologian's picture

Took an official to another school which automatically puts him as a soft verbal. He says Urban knew about the visit which would seem to imply that it was just a trip to see his old friend. He has said from the beginning that he would take some visits.

BTwrestle04's picture

He took a visit to USC last weekend.

BrewstersMillions's picture

So another piece by Alex that can essentially be summed up in a haiku

Urban likes this kid.

Signed with Different Program?

Urban Takes him still.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Flash forward to December- Brandon and hokey are getting ready for the outback bowl, all the while being confused that urban is allowed to secure his recruiting class and not have to prepare for a bowl game as well. Schadenfreude.

WB

DallasTheologian's picture

When does the recruiting update go up Alex?

Northbrook's picture

Ha, I'm ready too. Alex does a great job.

Alex's picture

recruiting update today will focus on the visitors from last week, this week, and the 27th; a new name to watch for; Cam Burrows announcement

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I have this glorious vision of Kyle Kalis being run over by an endless supply of Buckeye defenders on their way to crushing the QB or RB.  It will be quite a savory moment that we can enjoy snap after snap after snap!  I believe Jake Long had that problem and always ended up with more grass stains on his back than any other lineman.

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

Alex's picture

and Jake Long is a pro bowler in the NFL....shows you just how good those OSU defenses were :)

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Alex - no kidding!!!  I didn't follow his career before or after The Games but the hype was always there how great of a lineman he was!  The only images I remember is him getting toasted, frustrated and run over.  He was on his back so many times we nicknamed him the Turtle!  It most certainly speaks volumes at how awesome our defensive players were and I believe with the young studs we have now and this class (and future) coming in - it is going to be as great or even better then what we've been spoiled on.

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

Vern made Long his...um...'special friend one makes whilest in prison". Obviously Long has had a better NFL career but in the history of The Game, few matchups were more lopsided than Big Vern on Jake.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Buckeyejason's picture

That's funny considering the guy who abused him over and over in 2007 couldn't make it in the NFL.

BUCKEYES BABY!

btalbert25's picture

This recruiting class has what, 4 of the top 16 D-linemen in America? Including 2 rivals 5 stars?  If I'm Kalis, I probably keep my mouth shut lol.  He's in for a world of pain for 4 years now.  That being said, he's endearing himself to the fans in Ann Arbor, and can see why they love that he is their recruit.

bassplayer7770's picture

BTW, just imagine Shazier and Perkins (or even Perry) playing on opposite sides.  I have a strong feeling we're going to enjoy the next few years.

3yardsandacloudofdust's picture

new member & glad to be a part of this awesome resource.

I want to mention that although I'm uber excited, like most everyone, about Urban's immediate impact in recruiting nationally, it's not like the previous guy we had stunk at recruiting. Tressel had more players drafted into the nfl than any other college team (2001-2010), so he was no slouch. & Tress did well nationally too, see Cam Heyward, Malcolm Jenkins, Laurinitis, and Santonio Holmes, just from the top of my head. & yes, Tress did miss on major targets (Seantrel Henderson, Jordan Hicks, Trey DePriest), but he was no slouch, is my point. 

While I agree that Urban is much more aggressive and is bearing fruit immediately, we won't really know what these players amount to be until they actually suit up in those beautiful scarlet unis. 

Alex's picture

Different styles, but both coaches get good results...I think you will see a higher caliber of player being recruited to OSU moreso now than with JT, but it's about how you coach 'em up that matters

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Not to mention physically stronger and more fit from what I'm reading about Mickey's grueling training program.  Add that to Urban's aggressive and scortched earth winning style, I have a feeling we are about to see Big Ten domination like we haven't seen for a very long time!

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

capn's picture

Alex,
Do you think Urb will wait an athlete till signing day with so many recruits as possibilities? Neal seems to want to wait. Before he makes an announcement. Will Urb good a scholarship back, or is there someone else out there with his qualities? I've bee hearing about this Fabian kid, is he promising?

Capn, Make It So...

GeneStarwind's picture

The choice was obvious, loved it so much he couldn't wait til 3pm today lol

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I assume Perkins is our first player ever from South Bend? Pretty cool.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

btalbert25's picture

I love that Urban has picked off 2 former Notre Dame recruits, Notre Dame coaches, and already 3 Penn State guys with likely 2 more on the way.  Couldn't happen to better programs lol.

 

Maestro's picture

Perkins is going to be pretty tough to block.  He has Shazier-like speed and explosiveness.

vacuuming sucks

zbd's picture

Very impressive highlight film. An excellent running back, outside linebacker, even a punter who had his punt blocked yet ran it 99 yards for a touchdown.

rdubs's picture

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Peter Pete Peterson's picture

Just watched the highlight reel...NICE!

The future's so bright, we need to wear shades!

Peter "Pete" Peterson