Ohio State gained commitment No.22 to its 2012 football recruiting class this morning when David Perkins, an all-purpose player intent on being a linebacker, texted that he plans to sign with the Buckeyes on Feb.1.

Ohio State gained commitment No.22 to its 2012 football recruiting class this morning when David Perkins, an all-purpose player intent on being a linebacker, texted that he plans to sign with the Buckeyes on Feb.1.

From Washington High School in South Bend, Ind. -- just a few miles from the Notre Dame campus -- Perkins picked Ohio State over the Fighting Irish, Louisiana State and a host of other schools.

"I picked OSU because as soon as I got on campus (last weekend) I knew it was where I wanted to go," Perkins -- 6 feet 1, 210 pounds -- texted to The Dispatch. "The thing that stood out most was the people. Everyone walking around those buildings has tons of knowledge and wisdom, and the opportunity to soak that up can't be passed."

Perkins, with reputed 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is considered by recruiting experts to be versatile player who could line up in several different positions, but he sees himself as playing outside linebacker in the fast defense new coach Urban Meyer has in mind. Perkins was a standout on both sides of the ball for Washington, which is why he has carried the designation of "athlete" during the recruiting process.

tmay@dispatch.com