Posted by Bryan Fischer
David Perkins doesn't have the connection to Notre Dame that many think he does playing high school football just a few miles from campus. The talented athlete grew up in Kalamazoo (Mich.) before transferring to Washington High in northern Indiana and making a name for himself with a breakout season in 2010. After seeing his recruitment pickup this spring however, Perkins started to get closer to the school down the street.
Finally, on Tuesday, the South Bend (Ind.) athlete made it official that he would stay close to home and play for the Irish.
“After I visited, they just started growing on me,” Perkins said at his press conference, according to The South Bend Tribune. “And then they just recruited me hard after that.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Perkins plays a variety of positions and excelled at defensive end at the recent Ohio State Nike Camp. He held scholarship offers from Arizona, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State among others but once Perkins picked up an offer from Notre Dame, the recruiting process was over.
"The plan that they set out for me," he said of what he liked about the school. "The strong relationship that I built with the coaches. Notre Dame, it's not just a four-year decision. This is something to be proud of having an education from there, moving forward even after football, it's a great thing to carry on your résumé. They recruit great players, great people and all in honesty, I do believe Notre Dame will win the National Championship and I will be part of it."
Perkins rushed for 765 yards and three touchdowns and also caught four touchdowns on offense last season as a junior. On the other side of the ball at defensive end and linebacker, he racked up 63 tackles and 13 sacks. He's currently a three-star player according to MaxPreps but could be in line for a fourth with another big year this fall.
“He’s tall and he can run, and that’s two qualities Notre Dame looks for,” recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told the paper. “He’s not yet a super player, but he has the potential to be that.”
Picking up Perkins gives the Irish 10 commitments for the class of 2012.