Perkins Paces Louisiana Rushers

Junior RB Carlton Perkins (Walker, La.) has been the state's leading rusher for the bulk of the 2011 season and he spoke with about his exploits and recruiting.

"I'm going to try to get big yardage this week to seal the deal," said Carlton Perkins, who has been in a two-man race all year with Carencro's Alex Johnson for the title of Louisiana's leading rusher.

Perkins has close to 1,800 yards through nine games. Moreover, he has a couple of monumental 300-plus yard efforts to his credit. In week four, Perkins led his team to its first victory of the season by running for 373 yards and six touchdowns vs. Riverdale. The following Friday, he helped his team get past previously unbeaten West St. Mary on the road by gaining 357 yards on 40 carries and scoring all three of his squad's TDs. Moreover, Perkins is near the top of the state's scoring leaders with 24 TDs and three two-point conversions. Last week, he had a 70-yard scoring jaunt nullified by a holding penalty.

"We've had a lot of setbacks but Scotlandville (7-2 record) is beatable," said Perkins of this week's opponent. "We're going for it; we have nothing to lose."

During a season in which many of the state's marquee juniors missed time due to injury, Perkins was a picture of perfect health - or at least ideal toughness and endurance.

"I would start getting fatigued in some games, but when I kept getting good yardage my adrenalin would take over," he said. "I just did my job and at the end of games, it would be a surprise when I was told how much yardage I had.

"Not many seniors can say they've done what I did as a junior. I'm proud of my accomplishments and glad that I have another year ahead of me. It feels great. My coach told me he was going to run me to death (during games), but I could sleep on the weekends. It was very tough at times, but I told me teammates if they didn't quit on me, then I wasn't going to quit on them."

What's happening with Perkins' recruitment?

"I'm getting three and four letters a day," he said. "It's mostly the same schools. Missouri and Georgia Tech have both sent me letters this week. Notre Dame, Duke, Arizona and Tulane have also sent stuff.

"I'm happy to be getting these letters. Most say something about inviting me to visit. Mississippi State sent an invite to a game this week. They've sent me handwritten letters about their season."

Perkins has attended two LSU home games.

"Last year (at LSU games), some people would know me but not necessarily look at me much. This year, people I've never seen have been coming up and shaking my hand. It feels great to be recognized," he said.

Walker (3-6) will visit Scotlandville this Friday to close out the year.

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