The Orange was the front-runner until the Irish swooped in. Now?
High profile recruit and one-time Syracuse target David “Boom” Perkins is no longer Notre Dame-bound. The South Bend product has de-committed from the school five months after choosing the Irish. When Boom decided on his hometown program over SU back in June, ‘Cuse fans lamented another recruiting loss to Brian Kelly. The Fighting Irish head man has recently yanked big-time prospects Jarron Jones and Ishaq Williams from New York.
Now, Orange Nation can hope once again for revenge. A source within the SU Athletics Department tells The Fizz Perkins placed a phone call to the Syracuse coaching staff as soon as he de-committed from Notre Dame. There is optimism within the program the Orange can secure the four-star prospect. A jolt of electricity hit the SU coaching staff when news broke of Perkins’ about-face.
The way Perk picked Notre Dame always seemed peculiar. One week, his coach says SU is the front-runner. The next, Perkins is holding a press conference announcing his intent to wear blue and gold, and shaving a shamrock into his head.
Allegations that Boom didn’t qualify academically to play at Notre Dame were denied by the South Bend Washington senior via Facebook:
“LOL mos def nothin wrong wit my grades smh wrong source my guy.”
A more likely theory is Perkins disagreed with the Irish staff about a position change. Many believe Boom wants remain on offense. The Irish recruited him to play linebacker. SU did not ask him to make the switch.
If it’s true that Perkins is adamant about staying on offense, it’s encouraging for Syracuse. Boom’s high school coach, Antwon Jones, told The Fizz Doug Marrone was the front-runner over the summer. Jones said his player had a tremendous relationship with Running Backs Coach Tyrone Wheatley.
“One of the [reasons why Syracuse sticks out] I think is that Coach Wheatley has established a great rapport with him.”
The Orange likes the 6-foot-2, 209-pound Perkins on offense, and has liked him there from the start.
Unfortunately, Syracuse is not the likely leader for Boom’s services right now. LSU has entered the picture. A late offer from the the nation’s current top team could be too much for Perkins to resist – he’s been talking with Tigers coaches for months.
Whether he privately has a leader in mind, Perkins insists on Facebook all schools are equal right now.
“No leader everything is wide open listening to everyone even new schools…Big question I have is why is this the best place for me?”
Once upon a time, the South Bend recruit almost decided Syracuse was the best place for him. In fact, Scout.com’s Allen Trieu told The Fizz back in June just how close Boom was to choosing the Orange.
“The only thing that had kept him from [committing to SU] was actually getting to meet some of the coaching staff in person. I know he wanted to commit to the head coach in person and Syracuse being as far away as it is from South Bend, he couldn’t get out there.”
Words that once stung disappointed ‘Cuse fans are now a source of hope. Jones, Perkins’ high school coach, is an Irish alum, and SB Washington is located just seven miles away from the Notre Dame campus. Perhaps outside pressure got to Boom and caused him to jump the gun with his commitment.
Perkins is attempting to start from scratch again with the recruiting process. Maybe he’ll rediscover that Syracuse was always his best option. With LSU in the picture, it might seem like a long shot. But Orange Nation at least has a ray of hope.
Posted: Andrew Kanell