Ronnie Perkins waited until the end of October to jump on board with Oklahoma’s 2018 class. He’ll be known as the class’ 20th commitment. However, Perkins’ impact figures to be much higher.
Landing one of the best defenders in the 2018 class was a triumph for Oklahoma defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux. Every program of note wanted Perkins, and the Sooners went to St. Louis and got him.
Here’s all you need to know about the defensive lineman.
4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins
247Sports composite ranking: No. 6 weakside defensive end, No. 3 prospect in Missouri, No. 96 overall
Hometown: St. Louis
Weight: 256 pounds
Offers: 32, including Texas, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and USC
Commitment: Oct. 29, 2017
Early enrollee: Yes
2017 statistics: In 12 games this past season, Perkins registered 73 tackles and 15 sacks. He was also a cog in Lutheran North’s offense, finishing the season with 7 receptions for 182 yards as a tight end. Of those catches, 4 went for touchdowns.
Where Perkins fits at Oklahoma: It depends on how Perkins is used. He best fits as an outside rusher in a 4-3 scheme. Perkins has the speed to get around offensive tackles and can hold the edge against the run. Expect him to get his first taste of action as a situational pass rusher and then expand from there. The Sooners haven’t landed many top 100 defensive linemen over the last decade. Perkins is a huge get for Oklahoma. Do not expect to him to wait in the wings very long.