Walker (La.) athlete Carlton Perkins is one of the more versatile prospects in the Pelican State. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior primarily plays running back but could also translate to safety, cornerback or wide receiver. Recently he received his first offer.
"My first offer came from North Texas," Perkins said on Tuesday evening. "I haven't been there yet but the coach there called my coach and told him they were offering me. He had told me it was coming but it was just a matter of time of when. I was kind of waiting on it. I was just really happy that I got an offer.
"He didn't really say what position they were recruiting me at. He just said I was athletic enough to play almost anywhere. He didn't really give me a specific position."
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An SEC program could be next in line to extend an offer to Perkins.
"I think Ole Miss is about to offer me pretty soon," he said. "They were going to offer me when I went up there maybe two weeks ago but I told them I wanted to play safety. They told me they wanted to see me in camp so they didn't offer me because they were looking at me at running back.
"I thought in the SEC, my body wasn't built quite enough to play running back but he told me that I was. I called them back today and told them that I wanted to play running back so I think they're going to offer me. I just said safety because I thought all the SEC schools wanted me there."
Perkins has been in contact with several other programs as well, including an in-state school.
"I'm getting a lot of interest from other people," he said. "Mississippi State has a lot of interest and so does Missouri.
"LSU has been sending stuff. I went up there and talked to (head coach Les) Miles personally. He told me that he wanted me to come there and everything. He said I really didn't need to prove anything but he just wanted to see me in camp at safety."
Though it is early in the recruiting process, Perkins says a pair of schools stands out.
"Right now my top schools are LSU and North Texas," he said. "North Texas offered me buy my heart is at LSU. I have a lot of people there that I know personally that I wouldn't mind playing with. Right now I'm just waiting on camp where I can go out there and show what I'm capable of doing."