Perkins Drawing SEC Interest

The Wildcats of Walker High had a tough season in 2011, but during the ups and downs of a challenging slate a star emerged. Carlton Perkins fought through the adversity of a rebuilding year and developed a reputation as one of the state's top players. College recruiters have taken notice of Perkins and his recruitment is about to take off.

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"I have been playing football since I was about five," said Perkins. "It's just been an on going process since then.

"I have been working hard to make it out and be the third player from Walker High school to a big place."

The previous two Walker Wildcats that blazed a trail for Perkins to follow attended LSU.

"Lionel Turner and Chris Hawkins both went to LSU," said Perkins. "Chris went to LSU and now he is on the roster for the Tennessee Titans."

Perkins spent some time in Baton Rouge over the weekend discussing the possibility of becoming a Tiger himself.

"Coach Miles told me that he wanted me on the team," said Perkins. "He wants me to come to every event they are going to have.

"They said they want me to come to camp this summer. My guess is that they want me to come in so they can evaluate me from there."

The versatile Perkins reports that he has no problem showing up and working out for the coaches in hopes of earning an offer.

"It feels good to know what Coach Miles thinks of me," said Perkins. "I don't have a problem going to camp.

"I know I have to work hard to get where I want to get. I am just going to work hard to get it."

The chance to play at LSU would be a dream come true for the Walker, Louisiana product.

"I love LSU," said Perkins. "Most of the people I know in the class of 2013 are going to be going to LSU.

"My friend, Jeryl (Brazil) was the first to commit to LSU.

"That is just another reason I want to go to LSU."

While Perkins' prospects look good when it comes to the Purple and Gold, he is prepared to seek his college fortunes elsewhere should the Tigers elect to pass on him.

"I am going to keep all of my options open," said Perkins. "Probably the next school on my list is Texas A&M.

"Mississippi State, Mizzou and Alabama send me a lot of letters.

"They are letting me know about the facilities, the coaches and the family they have there.

"I was invited to Mississippi State for this weekend for their junior day, but I am taking the ACT."

Perkins has had interest from college programs on both sides of the ball, but he hopes to spend his college Saturdays in the defensive secondary.

"I want to play defense," said Perkins. "I like playing safety where I can see the whole field.

"I have playing safety longer than I have been playing running back."

When decision time comes, Perkins will base his decision around people and the relationships he builds with them.

"I want to be part of a family," said Perkins. "I want to be with players that will take me in and a place where I can get some playing time."

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