February 23, 2011

Syracuse on top for Perkins?

In the 2012 recruiting class the Syracuse Orange went a little light on the running backs. This class could be different and David Perkins who was offered as a running back early really likes the Orange right now.

"Syracuse offered me about three weeks ago," Perkins said. "A lot of coaches have been telling me that I could fit in best at outside linebacker or wide receiver and then Syracuse offered me as a running back. On offense that is what I like the most. They talked to me about how I could develop and be one of the best running backs to play there. It felt good to get that offer."

Perkins, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds from South Bend (Ind.) Washington is being recruited by Nathaniel Hackett and Tyrone Wheatley. That is the same combo that was used to lure Adonis Ameen-Moore to Syracuse.

"Coach Wheatley and Coach Hackett have been recruiting me. I am tight with both of them they are both great coaches and cool people. They are good to talk with and just real good people."

As the recruiting process beings the Syracuse Orange are in a very nice spot with Perkins and according to the prospect they are going to be around for awhile.

"Right now Syracuse, no matter who comes along and offers Syracuse will probably always be at the top of my list. They did well in the Big East last year at 8-5 and I feel like if I go there I will help them continue to rise as a program. They run the ball and I love that as a running back. They have a motto that's like "When in doubt give the ball to a back." It is a good place for a running back to be."

A visit to the Syracuse campus is not going to take place for some time, but he does plan to head north and check out the Orange.

"I plan on taking a visit up there over the summer or next football season."

It is possible however for Perkins to pull the trigger and commit to Syracuse even before he takes a visit.

"I would say there is a chance. I do not know if I would do that, but I like them a lot. I just really have to see how the process plays out, but who knows though I could end up committing there early."

Right now as it stand Perkins has seven offers and he plans to visit a few schools in the future that have not offered him yet.

"I plan to visit Mississippi State, Michigan, Miami, and Florida soon."

With most schools looking at the super athlete as a defensive prospect and not a running back he talked about what makes him a solid runner.

"I feel that when you look at bigger back they do not have all of the abilities I have I am explosive and I run with a lot of power. I feel like I could develop and be one of the best backs to ever play."

During his junior season Perkins piled up some fantastic numbers.

"I had 63 tackles, 13 sacks, and 21 tackles for a loss and on offense I had 85 carries for 783 yards."


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