Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Urban Effect: LB David Perkins Latest OSU Class of 2012 Commitment

And then there were 22...

Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class is nearing capacity fast.

Since coach Urban Meyer began recruiting in late November, Ohio State has received verbal commitments from WR Ricquan Southward, TE Tommy Schutt, DE Se'Von Pittman, DE Noah Spence, OT Taylor Decker, OG Joey O'Connor, and now Perkins (pictured at right).

Ohio State's class — which was barely ranked in the top 20 — is now currently rated as the No. 4 overall class in the team rankings.

With the recent dismissals of Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell, there are approximately four to six slots, max, left before this class is full (remember, this is NOT the SEC where oversigning is the "in thing" to do).

Camren Williams and Armani Reeves could be the next two dominoes to fall, and there's still room (for now, anyway) for a couple more elite O-linemen like Jordan Diamond and Kyle Dodson to join the fold.

Jim Tressel was often criticized in his recruiting efforts for not being able to close as NSD came and went.

As of now with two weeks to go until NSD 2012, Meyer appears to be the anti-Tressel, and as much as Buckeye Nation loved Tressel, finishing his recruiting classes on a high note was his Achilles heel — as much or more as his neglect for being honest with the NCAA when it came to issues of compliance — but those days are in the past, thus, I digress.

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