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Report: Ohio State linebacker David Perkins to transfer

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The sophomore linebacker who famously tackled Brutus Buckeye is reportedly on his way out of town.

David Perkins (right) reportedly transferring.
David Perkins (right) reportedly transferring.
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Just a month after laying the wood on Ohio State mascot Brutus, linebacker David Perkins is reportedly transferring from Ohio State. Bucknuts' Dave Biddle first broke the news. A January 2012 visit convinced Perkins, then the 13th ranked athlete by Rivals.com, to attend Ohio State. The 4-star recruit (who was evaluated as the 22nd best linebacker in the country by Scout.com) played both on special teams and in bit duty providing depth at linebacker during his freshman year in Columbus.

Perkins appeared in nine games recording five solo tackles, one assisted during his first (and apparently only) season with the Buckeyes. Perkins also recorded one pass broken up. The reasons for Perkins departure weren't immediately known, but we'll have more details as they're available.

The sophomore to be wasn't expected to start as Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant, and Joshua Perry were widely expected to see the lion's share of the minutes at the position. Perry had been filling in for Shazier during his absence with an injury. The departure certainly comes abruptly and we'll have to see if a reason comes to light in the days ahead.