Perkins hears from Miles, Cooper

Conversations with the LSU staff leave Walker RB optimistic about his recruitment.

The LSU staff was busy hosting nearly 100 prospects and their families at last Saturday's Junior Day, but two of the staff's top talent evaluators made time to visit with one of the state's top running backs.

Carlton Perkins, who rushed for 1,198 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, first caught the attention of the LSU staff during camp last summer, where he tested well among a crop of talent lined with mostly prospects from the 2012 class.

"I thought I had a pretty good summer camp at LSU, and that's when the coaches first started talking with me and asking me to come around," Perkins said.

Since then, Perkins took in games at Tiger Stadium and a visit to the program's first Junior Day in January.

On Saturday Perkins and his mother were back on campus, and after conversations with LSU coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, Perkins is hopeful about his chances of being a Tiger.

"Coach Miles told me that his goal is to make me part of the team," Perkins said. "Whatever they have at LSU, he wants me to be a part of it. They are giving away rings for the SEC Championship, and Coach Miles said he wanted me there.

"He wants me to be around the program. To me that tells me there could be a chance."

Cooper, who has made a habit of securing top-flight defensive back prospects during LSU's summer camps, will get a closer look at the Walker High standout during camp - though Perkins has apparently already made an early impression.

"Cooper told me that him and Coach Miles loved my film," Perkins said. "He hasn't been around someone like me. He compared me to Brandon Taylor. They they turned him into a safety, and Cooper said Miles will recruit me at safety."

Though he left campus without a scholarship offer, Perkins has a good feeling on what he must do to have the chance to wear purple-and-gold.

"I am thinking a camp offer, if anything," Perkins said. "I think the coaches really like me. The time we spent talking this weekend, it was genuine. They were giving me honesty.

"Everyone around the facility is getting to know me now, so I am not going to rush it. I know I will work hard for that offer."

What other schools are in the mix for Perkins, who finished with the most rushing yards of any underclassmen in the state of Louisiana?

"I was supposed to go to Mississippi State this weekend but I have the ACT," he said. "Mississippi State is one school I want to look at a little harder. Alabama has also sent me a bunch of stuff. I get stuff from Alabama and LSU the most."

For now Perkins will keep recruiting on the backburner, putting the majority of his focus on staying in shape and helping out the Walker athletic program.

"I moved right from football on to track, so right now I just work out and do track," Perkins said. "I weighed 175 pounds at the end of the season, but because of working out I am almost to 190 pounds now.

"I will be running for track, but not a lot of long distances, so I should be able to keep weight. This track season I will just run a 100-meter relay, just short stuff."

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