Antwine Perez Down To Three; Visits Scheduled

Defensive back Antwine Perez of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. reports 54 offers. He's narrowed his list down to three, and will visit those schools in September before making a decision. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Perez about each school, including Michigan, and what will go into making his choice.

In cutting his list of choices from the 54 schools who have offered, defensive back Antwine Perez of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J., is covering each section of the country that isn't one the East Coast. "I definitely want to get away from home," Perez said. "My final three are USC, LSU, and Michigan. I'll official visit Michigan on Sept. 3 for the Northern Illinois game, then I'll go to USC on Sept. 17 when they play Arkansas, then on Sept. 24 I go to LSU when they play Tennessee. I'll probably come home after the last visit and think about it for a week, then decide. I'm going to graduate in December so I want it out of the way soon after my visits. I want to check with each school and find out if I'll be able to work out and travel with them for their bowl games."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Perez is the No. 3 ranked safety in the country, and No. 41 player overall, according to He touched on what he likes about each of his final three schools.

Michigan - "Michigan is a great school academically and athletically," Perez said. "They play in bowl games every year and have one of the top educational program in the country. Coach Stripling is a great guy and we get along real good. Plus, they put a lot of defensive backs in the NFL."

USC - "I was one of the first players USC offered," he said. "It was out of the blue but Coach Todd McNair is friends with my coach and he is a New Jersey guy. I had sent them film and he knew about me. They are the two-time champs, what more can I say."

LSU - "LSU is another top academic school that is also good in football," he said. "I think only two of their players don't have a 2.0 or above, and they have like a 1.99 and a 1.98. Most of the players are above 3.0 and I like that. It is very important to me to be able to get a good education."

Perez said he has yet to visit any of the schools on his final list, so each will be a new adventure. As a junior, Perez – who also plays quarterback but said he prefers defense – had 55 tackles and 7 interceptions as a safety. He also threw for over 1700 yards and 14 touchdowns with 8 interceptions. He ran for 400 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. GBW asked Perez about his teammate, wide receiver Andre Baskin. "I don't know if he is visiting at the same time, but I know he is interested in Midwest schools. But he has more time to sort out his schools than I do (since) I'm graduating in December and enrolling in college in January."

Perez said he'll major in sports management and reports a 3.4 grade-point-average. He said he received a score of 940 on the old SAT and won't take any tests again since he is qualified."

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