AU Commitment Working Out for All-Star Game

Running back Ladarius Perkins from Greenville, Mississippi discusses Auburn and football practice from Mobile as he prepares for an all-star game this weekend.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn verbal commitment LaDarius Perkins will wrap up his high school career on Saturday at the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Football Game at Ladd Peebles Stadium as a running back for the Mississippi squad.

"Practice is going good so far," Perkins says. "We had a little trouble on offense, but we got it together. The backs had trouble learning the plays, but we got better today and are looking pretty good."

A summer verbal commitment to Auburn after being offered a scholarship following an impressive performance at an AU summer camp, Perkins says, "I picked Auburn because of the tradition. I've wanted to go to Auburn since I was young.

"I used to see them play on TV so it inspired me to want to go to Auburn," he points out. "They had a lot of players that went on to the NFL like Cadillac and Ronnie Brown so that's what made me pick Auburn."

With Tommy Tuberville out as head coach and a search going on for his replacement, Perkins notes he is eager to find out who will be coaching the Tigers in 2009.

"I heard about the coaching change last week when it happened," he says. "Coach (Greg) Knox called me and told me about it. Him and Coach (Eddie ) Gran told me to hang in there and that the new coach might hire some of the old staff back. They told me there might be a new coach by the end of this week.

"I'm pretty much still committed to Auburn, but I'm just keeping my options open right now," Perkins adds. "I really don't have any favorites on who they pick as the new coach. I'll be pretty okay with it.

"I wouldn't mind playing for Coach Muschamp (University of Texas head coach in waiting and former Auburn assistant coach Will Muschamp). I heard he was a real good coach and keeps everybody motivated. He celebrates with the players after the plays so that would be great to play for him."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 3 p.m.

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