STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Former Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins, a 2009 St. Joseph Catholic High School graduate in Greenville, will be honored at City Hall in Greenville at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Greenville Mayor John Cox will issue an official proclamation declaring March 25, 2014 as "LaDarius Perkins Day". Perkins has been a positive leader and representative of Greenville, Miss., at the national collegiate level during his outstanding and dynamic football career at Mississippi State.
"We have all had the great pleasure of watching LaDarius perform on the football field for Mississippi State over the past few years," said Andy Dixon, President of the Washington County MSU Alumni Chapter. "We invite the community to attend and show LaDarius how much we appreciate his contributions to Mississippi State University and how well he represented our community as a student athlete. We wish him well in the NFL."
St. Joseph Catholic High School plans a reception in their school gymnasium, following the city wide proclamation by the Mayor John Cox, at 11:15 am. During the reception, the St. Joseph football department plans to recognize Perkins' high school athletic career including state championship titles and retire his No. 10 football jersey. Perkins, along with MSU representatives, plan to address the crowd. The community is invited to attend this celebration.
Perkins finished his career second in MSU career all-purpose yards with 4,253 yards. He is recognized as one of the most versatile players in school history. Perkins concluded his career as the fifth leading rusher in MSU history with 2,554 yards on 530 carries; scored 25 career touchdowns (15 rushing, 10 receiving) and played in 50 career games with 23 starts.
He is currently preparing for the NFL Draft, which gets underway on May 8 in New York City.