- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Last week, Urban Meyer was asked how he felt about his 2012 recruiting class. He answered “good but not great.”
Well, this week will start changing that as Ohio State picked up its second commitment in as many days when four-star athlete David Perkins (South Bend, Ind./Washington) committed to Ohio State late Tuesday.
Perkins officially visited the Buckeyes this past weekend and fought committing while in Columbus. He wanted to take his official visits because that was part of the reason he decommitted from Notre Dame back in October; he is scheduled to visit Illinois this weekend and California on Jan. 27.
After reflecting on his visit for 48 hours, though, Perkins went ahead and made the call and committed.
Ranked No. 40 among athletes and No. 3 in the state of Indiana, many schools were recruiting Perkins as an athlete but with the initial expectation to place him at running back. The Buckeyes will play Perkins at linebacker, where the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior with 4.4 speed would immediately become one of the Buckeyes’ better athletes at the position.
Cal and Illinois are listed as his other two finalists, but Michigan State, Missouri and Oregon also received significant interest.
Perkins is the Buckeyes’ 22nd commitment and sixth commit of the Meyer era. Of the six commits Meyer has brought in, five were originally committed elsewhere. He is also the 10th four-star or higher to commit to the Buckeyes, seven of which have come after Meyer’s arrival when considering Bri’onte Dunn was wavering and considered by many to be a Michigan lean before Meyer got him to reaffirm his commitment.
The Buckeyes are ranked 11th in the ESPNU class rankings.
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