RB Perkins Talks to Chizik, Discusses Tigers

LaDarius Perkins, an early Auburn verbal commitment, updates his recruiting status in this report that features video highlights of his senior season.

Greenville, Miss.--Running back LaDarius Perkins has had his first conversation with Auburn's new head football coach Gene Chizik and says that he still plans to sign with the Tigers despite the change in coaching staffs.

"I talked to Coach Chizik on Friday," Perkins tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He was just asking me if I was still interested in Auburn. I told him I am and that I am still committed.

"He asked me if I really liked Auburn and he said my scholarship is still there," the All-State player says. "He told me that he doesn't have his staff in place yet, but he said he knows who he is going to hire. He just hasn't hired them yet. He is going to do that next week."

The 5-9, 185-pounder rushed for just under 2,000 yards as a senior for St. Joseph's High. He committed to the Tigers on June 15th following a summer camp at AU and noted that Auburn has been his "dream school" to play at for a long time.

Auburn was installing the spread formation when he committed, but the Tigers are expected to change offensive styles in 2009.

"Coach Chizik said he isn't going to run the spread, but he is not going to run the football all of the time either," the tailback says. "He said he is going to mix it up and run a lot and pass a lot. He said they aren't going to four or five wideouts and pass it every down. He told me they will get the ball in my hands. He was talking about running a pro style offense."

Other colleges are still trying to convince Perkins to attend their schools. He says that he is getting a lot of attention from Mississippi State and Southern Miss with Ole Miss still sending him letters and others calling, too. He says that LSU is another college that is showing some interest. "I am waiting to see what happens with LSU," he says.

Perkins played in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, but didn't get the football much. "All of the running backs had about the same amount of carries," he notes. "I had about three or four carries, one back had about five carries and another one had maybe one. We were just passing the ball a lot. We didn't even get in the "I" and run the ball at all."

Commenting on his initial impressions of Chizik as Auburn's head coach, Perkins says, "He seems like a real nice guy. He is very understanding. He is just trying to get everything together right now."

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