This year as Auburn's coaches check out the prospect pool for the 2008 signee class they are getting interest from a large number of talented running backs. A player who fits that description is Lowndes High standout Darriet Perry, who visited Auburn to check out the Tigers for a spring training scrimmage.
"I am planning to come to Auburn this summer for a camp," says the running back who has been a standout for the past three years for the Vikings, one of the top high school programs in Georgia.
Perry hopes to impress Auburn's coaches enough this summer to get a scholarship offer. "When I came to spring practice on their junior day I liked their academic facilities," he says. "I really liked the coaches at Auburn and the campus."
Perry, who has been a starter since the ninth grade, is on pace to break the school rushing record this fall. He will go into his senior season with 2,485 rushing yards, which is 632 shy of the previous high total.
"Setting the record is my goal as a senior," says Perry, who is competing in track this spring. He runs the 100 meters and has a best time of 11.0.
On the football field he says that going into his final season of high school football he is looking to improve his footwork, but also notes that the strength of his game is reading the defense and finding the right hole to attack.
The Vikings attack opponents with a ground-oriented Wing-T alignment. "I like it because it is a tricky offense," Perry says.
At 5-9 1/2, 188-pounds, he has shown the ability to make tacklers miss and enough power to run through defenders for extra yardage.
Perry, who notes that he is also interested in Clemson, mainly plays offense, but is used at safety on key downs.
He says that academics won't be a problem on moving to the next level. "I am a very good student," he says. "I don't have any problems."