CoachSpeak: Carlton Perkins

Coach Dwayne Severio believes his Walker High Wildcats are close to being a good football team. Entering his second season at the helm, Severio will be counting heavily on two way star Carlton Perkins. The talented Perkins is drawing interest from college recruiters around the southeast and is poised to be one of the top prospects in southeastern Louisiana.

Carlton Perkins profile

"I got here last January, so I have had one football season with Carlton," said Severio. "He is an extremely hard worker.

"He shows up to work everyday. He is intense and engaged in everything we do.

"I like his work ethic. I couldn't ask for anything more in that area."

Off of the field, Perkins can be found doing the right thing in the classrooms and hallways of Walker High.

"Carlton is never really in trouble," said Severio. "His grades are okay. We have a little work to do, but he's going to be fine.

"He gets along well with the student body we have here. He's just one of the guys."

College recruiters have not been shy when it's come to inquiring about the versatile Perkins.

"Things have really picked up in the last month or so," said Severio. "I guess now that the new recruiting season has started that we've seen more interest.

"We have talked to quite a few coaches and we are getting mail for him everyday.

"I have to get video tapes out to Missouri, Tennessee, (Texas) A&M and a few others.

"LSU already has it."

Perkins attended the Bayou Bengals' most recent junior day event and some other SEC programs have extended invitations to visit their campuses as well.

"I think we're on the fringe of him getting some offers, so hopefully something will happen in the next few days," said Severio. "We're working on his schedule now for some of these junior days.

"He's getting more interest from some schools more than others, but that's how it is.

"We get something from Missouri and Mississippi State every single day. We may try to make it to a couple of their things.

"Carlton is going to make a couple of combines pretty soon. I know he's going to one in April.

"We look to have a good spring here and then take care of our business in the classroom."

Perkins has proven to be a solid play maker on both sides of the ball on the high school level.

College programs are targeting the Walker High star for his athleticism and versatility. A projected position may not come until he arrives on a college campus.

"Carlton decided not to play basketball this year, so he's pushing 190 now," said Severio. "He can play some running back.

"I always thought he would be a safety at the next level, but we're getting a lot of interest at running back.

"I would say it's about 50/50 between running back or safety from talking to some people."

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