Perkins’ 300-yard rushing night pushes him into the limelight


Charles Perkins didn't bust a long one against Parkview but he did a lot of busting on the way to 302 yards rushing in the 10-7 win. (AJC photo by Josh D. Weiss)

Charles Perkins didn't bust a long run against Parkview but he did a lot of busting on the way to 302 yards rushing in Collins Hill's 10-7 win Friday night. (AJC photo by Josh D. Weiss)

For a Division I recruit, Charles Perkins had managed to remain relatively below-the-radar even after his commitment to Georgia Tech last February.

That won’t be the case much longer.

After his 300-plus-yard rushing effort in Collins Hill’s season-opening win over Parkview this past Friday, you can bet a lot of major colleges are wishing they’d made more of a play for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back.

“Tipping the scale over 300 yards, that doesn’t come around too often, especially against a perennial power like Parkview,” Collins Hill coach Billy Wells said Monday. “Charles was on a lot of people’s lists as far as being one of the top guys but when he committed to Tech so early it kind of cooled the jets on the interest level in him. But he’s certainly one of the best that I’ve seen or been around.”

After videotape review, Perkins’ official numbers for the game were 302 yards on 33 carries, or 73 percent of the Eagles’ offense on the night. The amazing part is that did not include any break-away runs. The majority of his real estate was earned between the tackles in ball-control, chain-moving situations. Also, Collins Hill had two touchdowns called back due to holding penalties and had a field goal blocked.

“they were loading up the box,” said Perkins, whose longest run from scrimmage was 24 yards. “I watched the film on Sunday and sometimes they had nine or 10 [defenders] in the box. So you could see it was going to be a grind. The offensive line did a great job of giving some room to run.”

Said Well: “It was a workhorse kind of night. In the fourth quarter, when it mattered the most, we took the ball from our 4-yard line and drove it down the field in clock-killing mode. That was part of the deal, too.”

The “home-run” jaunts will come soon enough, Perkins said. He had two 200-plus games last season when he rushed for 1,244 yards and 12 TDs as a junior.

“Charles is a powerful back but he’s fast, too,” Well said. “And he holds our school clean record at 315 pounds. Just a good, all-around player.”

Perkins took classes in summer school this year so he could get ahead and graduate in December. He’ll enroll at The Institute in January.

Interestingly, Perkins’ only other offers were Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Wake Forest, UCF and Wisconsin. Georgia recruited him but not vigorously. He remains a 3-star-ranked prospect by both and That remains a source of motivation.

“I’m always looking to make a statement,” Perkins said. “I look at the backs that are ranked ahead of me and I feel like I can compete against any of them. That keeps me motivated.”

Perkins’ goals are to rush for at least 2,000 yards and to lead Collins Hill to the state championship. Oh, and he’d like to see a couple of more stars added at the end of his name on those recruiting boards.

“I’d love that but not for me,” he said. “It’d make Georgia Tech’s recruiting class look better.”

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VT´s schedule 2 easy! :(

August 31st, 2009
12:15 pm

Perkins and GT, a great match! Congrats young man on your great workhorse game and for picking the right college to attend to!


August 31st, 2009
12:57 pm

Chip, thanks for the story. Anyway to periodically keep tabs on GT’s other commits during the season, especially since they are all from GA?

Bounty Hunter

August 31st, 2009
1:03 pm

Looks like Tech is getting its pick of the litter at RB again (ala Dwyer), while everyone else gets the leftovers. Enjoy the leftovers, Dawgy fans.


August 31st, 2009
1:15 pm

best back in the state……can’t wait to see him in CPJ’s system!!…

Go Jackets!!

Chip Towers

August 31st, 2009
1:15 pm

Buzzwax: I’m going to be following them all year. Please let me know when you hear about their exploits.

Not Disappointed

August 31st, 2009
1:17 pm

Congrats on a great nite Charles Perkins! We look forward to having you on the Flats. Study hard and keep Running young man. Ramblin Wreck!


August 31st, 2009
1:22 pm

looks like Tech is getting a stud at RB. Parkview is not an easy opponent. this coming from a dawg fan. Congrats


August 31st, 2009
1:28 pm

I thought he was the best back in the state when he committed to Tech and I still do now.

Louisiana Jacket

August 31st, 2009
1:34 pm

The thing I like about him is what he said in the end…I want to be better not for himself but to make the team look better…that my friends is what seperates many good players from great players!


August 31st, 2009
1:35 pm

9.2 ypc for 33 carries with the longest run being 24 yards! Wow.

…part of the reason more offers did not come in is that he committed to GaTech back in January…before the Class of 2009 had even inked. He knew what he want…and he took it. Good for him…he will be an excellent feature back for GT.

He is up to 215 lbs now and keeps getting bigger. He is actually bigger than Dwyer when JD entered his senior year.


August 31st, 2009
1:41 pm

Chip, Nice article. I’m want to so see a GT recruit every Friday Night. Can you give us a run down of the current commits and what schools they play for?



August 31st, 2009
2:09 pm

Hey Bounty Hunter, I’ll take a 4 or 5 star running back over a 3 star RB who just runs for lots of yards any day. The guy didn’t score any TD’s. TD’s are what counts!

Louisiana Jacket

August 31st, 2009
2:11 pm

Dawwwwg—-your an idiot…I can’t even try to talk about how stupid a comment that was I honestly cannot make any smart comment because I feel like I lost knowledge reading your retarded comment…

Hey Dawwwwg

August 31st, 2009
2:21 pm

Dawwwwg, so you’re telling me that you would rather have a 4 or 5 star RB on paper over someone who just ran for over 300 yards in one game? Please explain your logic.

Congrats on the great game Mr. Perkins! Look forward to hearing more about you as your season moves along.

Dawg Pound

August 31st, 2009
2:22 pm

Great, maybe this will put the bumble bees in the top 25 in recruiting now. babahahahahahahahah


August 31st, 2009
2:24 pm

33 carries 300 yards There is not a another RB or WR on that team he can be stop easily. One TD You don’t want none of Dekalb County Defense!!!


August 31st, 2009
2:25 pm

Hey LSU Jacket, sign all the 3 star players you can. They won’t mount to a hill of beans no how. Stars baby! Stars are what counts!!!


August 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

More fuel for the steam engine. Go Charles Perkins and go YELLOW JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


August 31st, 2009
2:34 pm

leftovers? bounty hunter, get out of your fantasy world. Clearly you didn’t even read the article. When it says UGA didn’t recruit him vigorously, that means they didn’t want him. Get over yourself and your one win in 8 years. It is Ga Tech that gets UGA’s leftovers not the other way around, techie. I think every college recruiting site in the world will tell you that story. On another note, this guy is obviously a high school stud (taking into account SEC’s comments) and looks good for tech. However, you don’t have to look too far up 316 to find another high school stud who has done nothing in college (Caleb King). So techies/nerds I wouldn’t read too much into this just yet.

GA Tech Insider

August 31st, 2009
2:36 pm

Dawwwwg, we saw how well your “Stars baby! Stars” did against GA Tech’s Team, Baby Team, last Season, didn’t we?

Hey Dogtards

August 31st, 2009
3:19 pm

“I’d love that but not for me,” he said. “It’d make Georgia Tech’s recruiting class look better.”

I can’t put into words how awesome that statement is. I don’t care how many stars he has, he has the right attitude.

“It is Ga Tech that gets UGA’s leftovers not the other way around, techie.”

Of course. See, e.g., Stephen Hill, Calvin Johnson, Jonathan Dwyer

Hunker Down

August 31st, 2009
3:44 pm

Nerds! We didn’t want Jon Dwyer. We got Knowshon and Caleb King, who was the #1 back in GA. Has Jonathan Dwyer ever hurdled anybody?

‘Nuff Said!


August 31st, 2009
3:44 pm

I am a UGA fan. However, that was a stupid comment by dawwwg. Did you read that there was 9 and 10 players in the box and he was still able to average over 9 yards per carry on Parkview. GT has a stud in this back.


August 31st, 2009
4:12 pm

Hunker Down – JD doesnt hurdle tacklers – he runs them over


August 31st, 2009
4:25 pm

Stars is not all that count. You only get them by going to the right combines. And you need to start going 1st year of high school. You will find there are many of guys with stars that don’t have any offers and tons of boy with lots of offers with on stars. Are you saying the people running the combines know more than a college coach that’s recruiting to feed his family. Dont believe the hype from the stars. Watch some films, game after game . Not one hit wonders.

Some star guys are really that but most just are not. They will get in college and We will forget their names.

Sammy Jones

August 31st, 2009
4:49 pm

Who couldnt run threw those holes…wow


August 31st, 2009
5:40 pm

DAWWWWG & LEFTOVERS, Plus HUNKER DOWN—3 stars won for us last year and will probably do so this year—Leftovers, get your math straight, Tech won 8 in a row uga WON 7 IN A ROW. JD dosent need to hurdle anyone, cause they cain’t catch him, and if they get an angle on him, they(UGA Players) don’t know how to wrap up. Thanks Coach Willie!!!

you're killin me!!!

August 31st, 2009
5:48 pm

You dog fans kill me with… bragging on your recruiting classes when you can’t do anything with it. You have your head so far up your a$$ that you still say you didn’t want JD because you had CK (5 star bust).


August 31st, 2009
6:12 pm

Man oh man….some teams are in for a hurtin for years to come at the hands of the jackets!


August 31st, 2009
7:29 pm

no offense jackets fans, but I do believe mack brown is the #1 back in ga


August 31st, 2009
8:28 pm

Listening to a recruiting analyst tonight from Scout saying that CP will be able to come in and fill JD’s shoes next year w/o any problem if JD leaves early for the NFL.


August 31st, 2009
8:33 pm

The Scout analyst also said that Jemea is going to be a beast and that BJ Bostic and Ryan Ayers who can play on both sides of the ball are going to be forces to be reckoned with. Dawgs, it just gets better and better. Go ahead and throw up that white flag…you mutts are toast!


August 31st, 2009
8:41 pm

Georgia’s recruits get all the stars, GT’s recruits get all the yards! Who had you rather have?


August 31st, 2009
9:00 pm

Hey,mutts.PJ Daniels did the hurdling thing way before KnoSho did.Anyway, is Rennie still chasing JD? He still won’t catch him this year. I love my Yellow Jackets how bout you…

Wreckbone Fan

August 31st, 2009
9:53 pm

Yeah I saw when moreno tried to pull that hurdle move and take off at the goal line in the second half. I believe he got met by a linebacker and knocked on his ass. Didn’t want to bring it up but well u know. Are u really gonna talk smack about running games? Come on everyone is calling tech,s backfield the best in the nation except maybe that second homer p steele. Yes u dogs field a good offense usually but I think CPJ has this running back thing wrapped up. We have at least 3 backs this year that would start at most schools abd 2 of them at least would start at the second powe houses. Good luck to everyone,s team abd their season until we meet them. I want to meet 4 SEC schools this season… We’ll see… Go Jackets!!

Joe Cox

August 31st, 2009
10:17 pm

This is great considering top RB prospect mack brown only had 68 yards on 21 carries against a lesset SW Dekalb defense.


August 31st, 2009
11:27 pm

The most amazing aspect of Perkins’ performance was the game score. How often do you find a 300 yard rusher, at any level, in a 10-7 ball game? The Flats are impatiently waiting…


September 1st, 2009
5:04 am

Yes, I was at the game if the OC had made better play calls, and the refs would have called a better game this would have been a 31 to 7 blowout!!!! Perkins never had a negative play in the game, most plays were physical up the middle/off tackle runs in the teeth of the defense. You don’t see many backs that relish the physical contact like this kid. I personally feel a 400 yard rushing game is in his future.


September 1st, 2009
6:03 am

Congrats Perkins. Great story, and great choice in choosing GT! Going all the way in Basketball this year baby!

Alabama Jack

September 1st, 2009
7:12 am

Saw St. Thomas Aquinas High School on ESPN360 last night. They look like Tech, run a similar offense and are awesome. In the first quarter they laid 28 points on Upper Arlington, OH in the Horseshoe at Ohio State while holding UA to -1 rushing yards. Take a look at them if you get a chance. Would love to see us get a few of these guys who already know a lot of the system.

Alabama Jack

September 1st, 2009
7:15 am

Here’s the summary of that game

1st 09:05 AQUINAS James White 1 yd run (Michael Palardy kick)
9 plays, 84 yards, TOP 2:55 7 – 0
07:56 AQUINAS Giovanni Bernard 3 yd run (Michael Palardy kick)
3 plays, 20 yards, TOP 0:26 14 – 0
06:00 AQUINAS Giovanni Bernard 39 yd run (Michael Palardy kick)
2 plays, 39 yards, TOP 0:18 21 – 0
01:56 AQUINAS Jacob Rudock 5 yd run (Michael Palardy kick)
5 plays, 63 yards, TOP 1:57 28 – 0
2nd 04:10 AQUINAS Michael Palardy 22 yd field goal
11 plays, 61 yards, TOP 5:40 31 – 0
3rd 08:35 AQUINAS Lamarcus Joyner 31 yd pass from Jacob Rudock (Ben Hopfinger kick)
5 plays, 56 yards, TOP 1:39 38 – 0
05:20 AQUINAS Jamal Wilson 32 yd pass from Jacob Rudock (Michael Palardy kick)
3 plays, 31 yards, TOP 1:10 45 – 0
02:25 AQUINAS Dami Ayoola 7 yd run (Ben Hopfinger kick)
2 plays, 7 yards, TOP 0:33 52 – 0
4th 08:34 UPPER Owen Deverse 9 yd pass from Jake Johns (Alex Whitcomb kick)
4 plays, 74 yards, TOP 2:06 52 – 7

Hey Dogtards

September 1st, 2009
7:29 am

“no offense jackets fans, but I do believe mack brown is the #1 back in ga”

That’s the point. #1 back in ga says who? Scout, Rivals, ESPN? None of those sites have even looked at perkins, who is big and fast. I’ll take 300 yards against parkview over 5 stars any time. Plus, isn’t Mack 4 star (not that it matters)?

Damn, you Georgia fans are right, Gator fans really are that dumb. Now I all of a sudden have a new found respect for bulldogs. Crazy.

No Homer Football

September 1st, 2009
8:24 am

Perkins looks to be the best RB in the state by the end of this season.
The only question I have is whether or not Dwyer will have a strong enough season to become the 2nd best back to play college football in the state of Georgia.

Right now, I have:
1) Herschel Walker
2) Garrison Hearst

Can Jonthan Dwyer replace Garrison Hearst as #2? We’ll see. Moreno is a great RB but he’s no Dwyer, Hearst, or Walker (obviously).


September 1st, 2009
8:31 am

Charles is a great kid, a great student, and a great football player. He will fit in well at Tech and follow Dwyer’s footsteps.


September 1st, 2009
8:47 am

no homer football-no way keep your eyes on the game .Perkins will at best be one of the best fullbacks. Collins Hill has nothing else – nothing else not impressed 300 yards 1 TD if ref call back TDs so goes the yards. It just dont add up. Are We counting called back yards now? Somebody please help with the math how you run up and down the football field 3 times and come home with one TD. Wow amazing.


September 1st, 2009
8:50 am

Dawwwwg….back up son, you didn’t make any sense, even to this Dawg fan.

Nice, very nice

September 1st, 2009
8:54 am

Way to go Charles!!! Looks like the scouts and pundits are catching up. Can’t wait to see you in white & gold.


September 1st, 2009
9:25 am

I’m the biggest Tech fan around, but some of you Tech fans need to settle down on here. Tech has gotten some good/great players in this class, but so has Georgia. Both teams are loading up on in-state talent. There is enough to go around. Perkins, Ayers, Bostic, Thomas, etc. are going to be great but most likely so are Stripling, Ogletree, Rodgers, and Malcome for UGA.

sounds of life

September 1st, 2009
10:37 am

Mack Brown would have ran all over Parkview. SWD defense is way better than Parkview. Tell me, When was the last time PARKVIEW won more than 8 games.Yes 300 yards is a lot of yards, but the score was 10-7. Where are the touchdowns , did the kicker miss alot of field goals.The kid Perkins is good, but don’t compare him to J.D.

Murray County Indian

September 1st, 2009
10:47 am

Shut up we are not jealous! Caleb king is so much better than dwyer. Not one good player has ever gone to yech. we are on your blog to make sure you know just because you have a “good job” and college football is not the “center of your life” you are still stupid nerds and we let you win you could never score 45 points tween the hedges, 33 in the second half and humilate our defense, cause your nerd shut up! No you can’t have fries with that. 5 star recruits that’s all that matters, I hate Stever superior and ron zoooo0k and urban maykerk jksdmlMm/zcn,.vnnvankljklaklsvlksvdlsdlasvdlk