Greenville, Miss.--If summer Auburn commitment LaDarius Perkins has a guy he wants to see as Auburn’s next head football coach, he is keeping it to himself right now.
The 5-9, 185-pound All-State running back from St. Joseph’s High School says, “To be honest, it matters, but I just want to see who we get first and find out more about him,” Perkins tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.
“Coach (Greg) Knox came by my house on Sunday and it went well,” Perkins says. “He told me they have got some candidates who are supposed to be trying to get the job. He was just saying that my scholarship was still there at Auburn and he told me to keep my options open and see how it goes.”
Knox is one of the members of Auburn’s coaching staff who is continuing to recruit for the Tigers even though Tommy Tuberville is out as head coach.
“Coach Knox was saying that Turner Gill from Buffalo is one of the candidates,” the running back notes.
Perkins rushed for 1,900 yards as a junior and topped that as a senior. He is scheduled to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game this Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
“I am excited about the all-star game,” he says. “I am leaving in the morning. We are supposed to get to Mobile around 4-5 p.m. and we will start practicing for the game on Tuesday morning.”
Perkins says he is still in good football shape and is looking forward to seeing what he can do in Mobile.
“I liked how the season went except at the end when we got knocked off in the playoffs,” he says. “We were expecting to win the state championship so it was kind of crazy at the end. As far as my season, it was pretty good. My coach said I had about 2,000 yards.”
In addition to wide receivers coach Knox’s home visit, Perkins got a phone from running backs coach Eddie Gran. “Coach Gran was just saying that he was going to keep in touch,” Perkins notes. “He told me to just stick it out and everything should be okay. He said the new coach might end up hiring some of the new staff. They really don’t know yet.”
Commenting on where he stands with the Tigers as the search for a new head coach continues, Perkins says, “I am still committed and I really like Auburn. It was good to have Coach Knox come by and talk to me. It really relaxed me.”
A multi-sport star at St. Joseph’s, Perkins says he is skipping basketball to do football workouts with a goal of adding size. “I am 5-9, 185 now and my goal is to get to 200,” he says. “I will run track though.”
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