Perkins Juggles Visits For Two Favorites

Speedy running back LaDarius Perkins talks about his two favorites and what he's looking for on his official visits.

Greenville, Miss.--For standout running back LaDarius Perkins, the next two weekends will tell the tale of his recruitment. A longtime commitment to the Auburn Tigers, Perkins has recently started looking closely at the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He says that he'll get a chance to see both up close and personal the next two weeks before making his final decision.

"I'm going to take it next weekend," the 5-9, 185 Perkins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I talked to the coaches, coach (Phillip) Lolley. They scheduled it for next weekend. I'm going to Mississippi State this weekend."

Although he still hasn't completely ruled out a visit to BYU at the end of January, Perkins says that his decision will come down to the Tigers and Bulldogs. With both schools having new coaching staffs, he says that becoming comfortable with both is a key, but right now he likes what he hears and sees from both.

"I like their new hires and especially the offensive coordinator coach (Gus) Malzahn," Perkins says of Auburn. "I know he can put a lot of points on the board. He's been leading the nation in yards per game and has a top offense. I think that's pretty good. The new running back coach was coaching at Oklahoma State. He had good running backs there so I know he's a pretty good coach."

Perkins says he had a chance to speak with Malzahn recently and said it went well. He notes that Malzahn told him mostly about himself and his coaching staff. He adds that Malzahn told him what he likes to do on offense and how he likes the running backs to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Malzahn isn't the only innovative mind that Perkins is looking at as MSU coach and former Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen is going to install a spread look for the Bulldogs' offense. Perkins says that has him interested in Mississippi State as well.

"I like the offense they are going to run," Perkins says. "I think the spread is a good offense that can fit small backs like me. I like the new coach. I think he's going to get in there and turn it around. I think they'll have a winning season and turn it around. I think he'll turn it around because he's very motivated."

With a tough decision to make and positives with both schools, Perkins says he'll just take both visits and then compare them and make the best choice for him and his future.

"I want to find out if I fit into the offense basically," Perkins says. "Can I fit into the offense that either one is trying to run. Plus when I take my visits I want to see how I like things and how I'm treated. Basically I want to see where I fit in the most."


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