Perkins Looking to Lead As a Senior

A football recruiting report on an All-State 2009 prospect is featured.

Greenville, Miss.--St. Joseph High School star LaDarius Perkins has high expectations for his senior football season.

"We should have a pretty good team," the Auburn verbal commitment tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "This year we should go deep into the playoffs and we could win the state 1A state championship, I think.

"We are pretty good this year," the two-way standout says. "Last season we were 8-4 and lost in the second round of the playoffs."

As a junior Perkins earned All-State honors as a running back as he rushed for 1,900 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground. That is the position he is expected to play for the Tigers. He added five receiving scores and he also played defense, a role he expects to handle again this fall.

"I want to be more of a leader and help my team work together," he says. "I am trying to help them get to where the need to get by getting bigger, faster and stronger."

Perkins received a scholarship offer from Auburn in June and didn't wait to long to commit after an outstanding performance at an AU summer camp.

"I still feel good about my decision to commit to Auburn," notes Perkins, who said at the time of his commitment that Auburn has been his dream school to attend. "Everything has been going good since I committed," he says. "I have just been working out."

Perkins and his teammates are scheduled to start practices next week and he will be featured in the offense once again.

"This year we are going to run spread some and run the shotgun a little more, but we are still going to run the ‘I" formation, which we have been running for a while," notes the four-sport standout, who also plays basketball, baseball and runs track.

"I am going to play defense, too, both safety and corner," Perkins adds. "I start at safety. As a junior I had four interceptions and around 38 tackles."

Perkins was recently ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com as the nation's No. 62nd running back prospect for 2009. "I saw that and I am glad to be rated," he says.

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