by Mark Clements
December 6, 2010 – At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Farmerville wide receiver Carl Pearson has the frame and certainly the attitude to become a successful collegiate football player.
Adding 4.5 speed and solid numbers in the weight room – benching 205, squatting 335 and cleaning 255 – does hurt either.
With a great personality and the must needed swagger of a big time receiver, Pearson also has his mind in the right place, modeling his game after former NFL legend, Jerry Rice.
“The way he ran his routes and the way he got open just running the short routes,” Pearson said. “He was making a big play off the short routes.”
The wide receiver/track star hybrid helped lead his Farmers to a district title in track this past year.
On the football field, Pearson has attended football camps at Louisiana Tech, Alabama, and Mississippi State and said “all of them went pretty well.”
He has also earned scholarship offers from Southeastern and Memphis, naming Southeastern as the front runner.
“I like, with the program, how everything is coming together in the fielding process right now,” Pearson said. “I like how their offense works right now.”
With his high school career coming to a close, Pearson looked back at his best games throughout his four years at Farmerville.
He said his best games from this past season came against Ferriday and St. Charles Catholic, and recalled his favorite play in his career in a 36-6 victory over Rayville.
“I had the biggest catch of my life at Rayville,” Pearson said. “I had a flank call and the quarterback threw it high and I just went up to get it off my fingertips. Coach said I had leaped about two and a half feet off the ground.”
On Sundays, Pearson said he keeps up with the NFL, always looking for high powered offenses to learn from.
“I like to watch the Green Bay Packers,” he said. “I like the way their offense runs.”