Four-star opens up on LSU

Perkins will visit LSU

David Perkins has been in talks with the LSU coaches for a few months.

It’s not often that LSU is able to strike big in Indiana, but it appears the Tigers are in a good position to do just that with four-star prospect David Perkins.

Perkins, who plays at Washington High in South Bend, committed to Notre Dame in June, but that pledge was pulled Monday when Perkins reopened his process.

“I think the best way to classify it is he likes Notre Dame, but he just wants to make sure he makes the right decision,” Washington High head coach Antwon Jones told’s Brian Dohn on Monday. “We talked about it and he said he wants to take some other visits so he can see that he’s making the right choice.”

Efforts to reach Jones on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

With 35 scholarship offers under his belt, Perkins shifted his attention to LSU – a program that had been in contact since August – to set up an official visit.

“I have been talking with (running backs coach Frank Wilson) and (defensive coordinator John Chavis),” Perkins said Tuesday. “I have even gotten the chance to speak with (Coach Les Miles) a couple of times. They look forward to getting me down there every time we speak. You can tell they are excited about me coming down for a visit.

“They expected big things from me this season, and I’ve played well. They think I can be a player who fits into their scheme.”

Perkins has rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 16 touchdowns on offense this season. He finished his junior season with 783 rushing yards on 85 carries, 10 receptions for 180 yards and six total touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 63 tackles, 21 tackles for losses and 13 sacks.

Where does the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder project at the college level?

“All my offers are as an athlete,” Perkins said. “LSU is an athlete offer also. That’s how they are looking at me.

“But when we talk where I would start out at, (LSU) said they want me to come down there and run the ball for them. I had said I wanted to play defense initially.”

After clocking 40-yard dash times of 4.38 (hand-held) and 4.42 (electric) at 220 pounds, Perkins said he feels that he could bring a different element into an LSU backfield stacked with bruising running backs.

“My combination of size and speed is what intrigued (the LSU staff) the most,” Perkins said. “They have the power backs and bigger backs, then some fast backs, but they don’t have that back that is big and can take it the distance at any moment.

“Having speed and power and size to do that, I think I could come into the SEC and play really well.”

Having kept up with the Tigers through television and conversations with the staff, Perkins said he’s excited about seeing the nation’s No. 1-ranked team up close when he visits Baton Rouge.

“The trip will either be for the Arkansas game on Nov. 25 or in December,” Perkins said. “The Indiana State title game is the same day as the Arkansas game, so if we get there I will come to LSU sometime after.

“I have watched the Oregon and Mississippi State games on TV, and I’m looking forward to the big game this weekend against Alabama. I’ll definitely be tuned in.” Recommended Stories