It’s often said that things, both good and bad, come in threes. Oklahoma has a trio of very good coming their way very soon, and earlier today, the first of those three dominoes fell, when Missouri defensive end Ronnie Perkins committed to the Sooners. Lincoln Riley has hinted quite a bit on twitter about the incoming trifecta, leading to plenty of discussion in Oklahoma circles, and from what I’ve heard this won’t be the final defensive commitment in the 2018 class of the day. Oklahoma’s biggest win of the weekend may not have been on the field, but rather of the recruiting trail.
— Ronnie Perkins™ (@Legendary11_) October 29, 2017
THE PERKINS FILE
Perkins is the 20th commit in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, and the fourth defensive lineman, along with Jordan Kelley and fellow ends Ron Tatum and Jalen Redmond. For a team that has struggled in the trenches, especially defensively in the last few years, a class like this one is so crucial, both for building depth and for immediate impact. Perkins and Tatum are instant impact guys, and all four are worth getting excited about.
Perkins picked Oklahoma over 31 other offers, from schools like Michigan, Texas and USC, the three schools that were considered to be the biggest threats to Oklahoma (on a side note, that looks like a dream playoff in the mid 2000s). After losing some ground to Texas following a Perkins visit to Austin, Oklahoma locked up the talented end with a visit to Norman yesterday, thanks to the recruiting ability of defensive line coach Calvin Thibideaux.
On the field, Perkins is a dominant, explosive, athletically gifted end, with an immensely high ceiling and plenty of work to do on his move set. He’s strong, and absurdly good at balancing, making him an excellent run stuffer off the edge. His pass rushing is solid, but not great, and his main draw is the athleticism and strength that I mentioned. He brings something to Oklahoma that they don’t currently have, and for that reason, he could see legitimate time as a freshman. His ceiling comparison is Julius Peppers. Yeah, he’s that athletic.