Speedy RB Likes Coordinator Hire

Auburn commitment LaDarius Perkins talks about the hiring of Gus Malzahn and how his recruiting is shaping up.

Greenville, Miss.--A commitment to the Tigers since early last summer, speedy LaDarius Perkins has been patiently waiting to see what was going to happen with Auburn's coaching staff following the departure of Tommy Tuberville.

With the hiring of Gene Chizik and after speaking with him when he got on the job the week before Christmas, Perkins was excited about his future at Auburn even though he was still looking at Mississippi State. Now with the productive Gus Malzahn hired as Auburn's offensive coordinator, Perkins says he's thrilled about the move made by Chizik.

"That makes me proud," Perkins says. "I didn't know what type of offense exactly that Auburn was going to run. I'm proud now."

Saying he wasn't really sure about Malzahn's offense other than the numbers he's put up at Tulsa, Perkins notes that he likes the sound of spreading the field. With Tulsa's proficiency both running and passing, it should be right up Perkins' alley as far as offensive systems go.

"I would like to be in a spread offense," Perkins says. "I'm okay with being in a run offense that has some pass. I'm probably more of a spread guy, but I could understand being in a pro-style offense. I'm okay with that."

Because of his uncertainty with Auburn in the past few weeks, Perkins has given several schools a look to see what his options would be if he didn't like the direction Auburn was taking even though he kept his commitment. With that happening he says he's currently looking at two more schools in addition to the Tigers.

"Right now I'm looking at Mississippi State and Auburn," Perkins says. "I have been getting a lot of interest from BYU. They started calling me over Christmas Break. I think it was last Monday."

With the time closing in until the official visits kick into high gear, Perkins says that he's going to visit both Auburn and Mississippi State with a trip to Provo, Utah also a possibility.

"I'm supposed to go to Auburn on the weekend of Jan. 16," Perkins says. "I'm going to Mississippi State on the last weekend in January. I might go to BYU on Jan. 10."

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