Perkins not just a star on the field; he can forecast the weather too

When former Notre Dame recruit and South Bend Washington running back David Perkins catches a ball in the open field, the forecast isn't pleasant for the opposing team.

"An explosion of lightning," fellow Division One prospect Gehrig Dieter says with a big laugh.

Why all the weather analogies? Because Perkins is a weather forecaster each day at school.

"We have 'Boom' with the weather," announces a SB Washington student over the loud speaker to the whole school.

Yes. Boom is Perkins.

"how we doing today Panthers?" Perkins asks with his booming voice. "Today there will be high of 45 degrees and a low of 36. The current temperature is 42 degrees."

He's become Washington's weather authority and he's pretty versatile.

"He comes with up with a different voice," explains coach Antwon Jones. "Sometimes its country, sometimes he's British. It's actually quite entertaining."

Perkins says he enjoys being known for something other than what he does on the field.

"Everyone knows you as the football guy and they find out its me and they are like oh come on now and gets a laugh out of it," Perkins explains.

This week he's added a special weekend forecast to his broadcast.

"Oh and the Lucas Oil Stadium temperature will be 70 degrees and clear," Perkins tells the student body. "Have a nice day Panthers."

And what can we forecast for what will happen on the field itself Saturday when Washington battles Cathedral for the 4A State Championship at 3;30 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"Expect a lot of booming thunder," Perkins says. "Especially in the open field. Expect some thunder. Haha."

Washington hopes that will lead to yet another celebration.

Perkins, who recently de-committed from Notre Dame, says he'll worry about his college plans after the state title game. He says is he hoping to find a school where he can get into broadcasting.


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