AU Commitment Putting Up Huge Numbers

Auburn running back commitment LaDarius Perkins gives Inside the Auburn Tigers an update on his senior season.

Greenville, Miss.—The 2008 season has gotten off to a fast start for St. Joseph's (Miss.) High School tailback LaDarius Perkins, one of several players to commit to the Tigers after standing out during camp season over the summer.

The speedy running back has put up gaudy numbers in the first two games of the season against 1A opponents Strayhorn and Riverside.

"My season is going real good," Perkins says. "Our record is 2-0. The first game we won I think 48-6 or 54-6. The second game we won 34-13. The first game I had four carries for 215 yards and I had three touchdowns. This past Friday we played and I had around 20 carries for about 210 yards and four touchdowns.

"I play safety and I had 92-yard interception returned for a touchdown last Friday," he adds. "I love playing running back. I like playing safety, too, but I love playing running back."

Perkins was one on a long list of high-profile running backs at a two-day camp at Auburn this summer, but his speed and quickness was obviously among the best. He drew an offer after the camp and committed the same day on June 15.

"Speed kills and it's my O-line," Perkins explains of his unheard of numbers. "My O-line is doing pretty good this year. We're running out of the I-formation or offset-I. We do handoffs and the toss. A couple of plays we run out of the shotgun, but we don't run the shotgun that much. It's mostly from the I-formation.

"It's my big play ability and I have great vision," he adds of his style. "I'm an electrifying back and I have great hands. I love to catch the ball."

Perkins hasn't been back to Auburn since the camp but is hoping to make it back soon.

"I haven't been back yet, but I'm supposed to be setting up a visit this September or October," he says. "I talk with Coach (Eddie) Gran and Coach (Greg) Knox. I just got off the phone with Coach Gran and Coach Knox called me last week. We just talk about staying healthy, when I'm going to make my official visit up there. They're just keeping in touch with me and they can't wait until I get up there because they've been hearing great things about me or whatever. And to stay on task."

Perkins admits that even though he's committed to Auburn other schools have still been in contact. "I'm still hearing from Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and a little bit from Mississippi State," he notes. Asked if he's considering other schools Perkins adds, "Not really. I'm solid with Auburn."

Other than the Auburn official visit, he says he probably won't take any others. "I doubt it," Perkins responds. "I doubt it. I don't think so."

Both Auburn and St. Joe's are off to a 2-0 start and Perkins says he's been watching the Tigers on TV.

"I watched them last Saturday and they had a few fumbles," he notes. "I saw that. The defense is doing pretty good though.

"That was awesome (against ULM) when they rushed for so many yards," Perkins adds. "And I love the screen plays. That would be real good for me because I hit the hole hard."

St. Joseph's plays against Coffeeville on Friday.

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