"I'm going to be a Buckeye," South Bend Washington four-star David Perkins told Scout.
While that news was not necessarily a surprise, the timing of it may have been, as the 6'2, 220-lb linebacker still had visits on his calendar. However, his official to Ohio State the previous weekend convinced him it was the right thing to do, and after a couple days of wrestling with himself, Perkins made it official.
"I've been fighting it for about two days, but I just had to wrap it up. Just as soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in love with everything: the place, the people, the academic support. The coaches, they're all good people there with a lot of knowledge and wisdom about the game and I want to play under people like that and soak it all up."
Over his high school career, Perkins has excelled at wide receiver, running back and linebacker. The thought was that offense was where he wanted to be, but as he warmed to the idea of getting after the passer, where Scout has him ranked as one of the nation's best, that also strengthened the Buckeyes' position with him.
"Playing running back sounds good, but that takes a toll on your body and I'm a big back and guys would be diving at my knees. Linebacker is what I want to do. Pass rushing is something I feel I was born to do and I don't think there's a linebacker in this class that's more of an athlete than me."
Although this is a loaded defensive class for Ohio State, Perkins believes he will be able to play early and has been told to expect that.
"Coach Meyer told me to be ready to come in and learn and compete. He told me there's no choice; that I have to come in and be ready to be thrown in the fire. There's no sitting back or redshirting for a year, I'm going to be thrown in."
Perkins has had many schools recruit him, offer him and visit with him, and Ohio State may have jumped in later than others, but in the time he got to know new head man Urban Meyer, he says he got the feeling that was who he wanted to play for.
"He's so wise. He has a lot of wisdom. He's a coach you love to be around all the time. My very first impression of him was...wow, he's taller than I thought. I thought he'd be 5'6, 5'7, but he stood up and we were talking and he's a little bit taller than me."
The process has not been easy on Perkins. He transferred high schools after his sophomore year, committed to Notre Dame in the fall, and had to part ways with his hometown school. Once that was behind him, he helped his team reach the state title game and now will be an Ohio State Buckeye. Such is recruiting and such is life, and with Signing Day looming, he looks back on all of it fondly.
"I feel like I'm blessed to be where I am and I'm ready man. I'm ready to be successful and ready to put in work."