AU "Dream School" for Mississippi Back

A report on Auburn's newest football commitment is featured.

Greenville, Miss.--All-State running back LaDarius Perkins told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday that he plans to become Auburn's latest public verbal commitment for the 2009 football signee class.

Perkins, who was a star performer at Auburn's two-day camp over the weekend, got an offer from the Tigers after standing out among more than 400 players at the camp. He notes that he made the decision on Sunday afternoon after talking to AU running backs coach Eddie Gran.

"I have decided to sign with Auburn," says Perkins, a two-way standout for St. Joseph's High who has been recruited to play offense by Auburn.

"I rushed for over 1,900 yards as a junior and I had about 400 yards receiving," Perkins says. "I had 28 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns.

"Auburn is my dream school," he points out. "I have been wanting to come to Auburn ever since I was little. Finally, my dream has come true since I committed."

A starter since the ninth grade, he displayed excellent quickness and soft hands in passing drills at the camp.

Perkins is a prospect who has been invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after an impressive combine performance earlier this year in which he ran a 4.4 40, a 4.28 NFL short shuttle and a did a 40-inch vertical leap. He did a 10-2 standing broad jump and 18 reps of 185 on the bench press.

Commenting on his style of play, he says, "The best part of my game is that I have real good hands as a running back. I am very quick and elusive. When I hit the hole I am a home run hitter, I think. I am not a power back, but I am very elusive. I am scatback."

Perkins says he measured in at the Auburn camp at 5-8 1/2, 180 pounds.

"I like to catch the ball out of the backfield since I am elusive," he says. "I like tosses since I am real quick. I run go up the middle sometimes, but I like the toss."

Perkins says he is excited about Tony Franklin's offensive system. "I saw their last the game last season in the bowl and I liked the way they played," he says of Auburn's Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Clemson in which AU made a change in offensive systems under a new coordinator. "I love the different offense they put in."

LaDarius Perkins

A two-way player in high school, he will be a fourth-year varsity starter on both sides of the ball this fall. He plays safety and cornerback on defense.

A four-sport athlete, he competes in track, baseball and basketball. He is the starting centerfielder in baseball, the starting guard in basketball and runs the 100 and 200 in track. He says his best 100 meters time is 10.7 seconds. In basketball, he averaged 14 points per game and was named his team's best defensive player.

Other offers had come from Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas State, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.

"I want to major in sports medicine in student," says Perkins, who says he is a "C-plus, B-minus student."

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