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Jadarrius Perkins was one of many football recruits who attended Southern Miss’ Elite Camp this past Saturday. After its completion though, the Hattiesburg cornerback joined some truly elite company when Golden Eagle head coach Jay Hopson pulled him aside and delivered what turned out to be startling news. 

“I thought I was just gonna go home,” Perkins said. “Then he [Hopson] called me up to offer me. The feeling in me, I can’t even explain it. That’s how happy I was.”

The very next day, Perkins announced his verbal commitment to Southern Miss.

“It’s home. It’s real close to home,” Perkins said of his decision. “I just wanna stay close to my momma and my people that have been here since I started football. And I love the coaching staff, of course.”

Perkins is the Golden Eagles’ seventh commit towards the 2019 class and their first at defensive back, according to 24/7 Sports. He is entering his first season at Hattiesburg after transferring in from Petal. In 13 games last season for the Panthers, Perkins recorded 43 tackles and an interception. 

Tiger coach Tony Vance says Perkins has impressed early, adding that it’s his versatility which sets him apart. 

“He [Perkins] fits right in with what we’re looking for in a guy that plays that position,” Vance said. “We’re going to ask our corners to play a lot of man coverage. But at the same time, you gotta be smart enough to come off and play some zone at times. He fits that mold.”

Perkins plans to take other visits as signing day draws closer. 

“I just wanna enjoy the opportunity,” Perkins said. “That’s why I still want to take other visits. But I’m 100% committed to Southern Miss. I just wanna enjoy this ride while it lasts.”