Safeties: Perez Enjoying the Process

With Taylor Mays committing to the Trojans on Aug. 14, many USC, Michigan and LSU fans are wondering if his commitment will affect the recruitment of safety Antwine Perez from Woodrow Wilson High in Camden, NJ.

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With Taylor Mays committing to the Trojans on Aug. 14, many USC, Michigan and LSU fans are wondering if his commitment will affect the recruitment of safety Antwine Perez from Woodrow Wilson High in Camden, NJ.

Perez's response should leave no doubt what his thoughts are regarding Mays' commitment.

"I'm not worried about that," Perez said. "There's going be competition wherever I go. I can't really look at it what another recruit does. There will be plenty of defensive backs who will end up at each school recruiting me, so I'm not worried at all about that."

In an article written by Don Hoekwater of GoBlueWolverine.com, Perez said he knew about Mays and would like to talk to him.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to Taylor," Perez said. "I don't even have his number or anything, so I couldn't contact him. I actually didn't know anyone who had his number. Do you happen to have his number?" Perez, who has official visits set for Michigan (9/2), USC (9/17) and LSU (9/24), didn't need to ask for the phone numbers for coaches Todd McNair (USC/running backs), Ron English (Michigan/defensive backs) and Doug Mallory (LSU/defensive backs).

"I try to talk to the coaches from each school once a week," Perez said. "I like to find out what's going on, what's new and who they are recruiting, just to make sure I'm keeping up with those schools."

McNair is a fellow Camden, NJ native and a friend of Woodrow Wilson head football coach Michael McBride, so Perez and McNair have plenty to talk about during their weekly chats.

"We mostly talk about the things going on here in Jersey," Perez said. "That's where he's from so we're able to relate to a lot of things going on around here. He asks me what's going on because he knows a lot of people I know, so he asks me questions about them."

Perez also has a solid relationship with English.

"Coach Steve Stripling (defensive line) and also Coach Ron English (defensive backs) are recruiting me for Michigan, said the 6-2, 200-pound star. "They say I bring a lot to the table as far as helping them out. They're telling me they need a lot of help in their defensive backfield. I like Coach English a lot and he's my position coach. Michigan has an outstanding football program and excellent academics."

Nick Saban left LSU after the 2005 season and the Tigers hired former Oklahoma State head football coach, Les Miles. The Tigers never stopped pursuing Perez and it is paying off with Perez's promised visit.

"As you know, they're a pretty good program and they just got a new head coach," said Perez. "He's saying things are heading in the right direction. LSU has produced a lot of great defensive backs. They're recruiting me real hard and I like that about them.

"USC and Michigan are coming at me pretty hard. I'd say those two schools are recruiting me the hardest."

The recruiting process will end sooner for Perez than it will for most, but not because he isn't enjoying it. He will graduate early and enroll for the spring semester at the college of his choice.

Perez said he'll always have fond memories of the recruiting process.

"The thing I like about recruiting is it's a rare opportunity for someone to get," Perez said. "I'm just blessed to have so many schools recruiting me. It's hard to explain. It's a feeling I know I'll always remember. Not everyone can look back on their days and say they were recruited by such and such schools and were offered scholarships. I have the opportunity to say that. I'm proud of that."

Perez said he doesn't have a specific date when he'll commit, but he doesn't think it will be too long after his visit to Baton Rouge.

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