New Jersey Standout Perez Considering OSU

The Buckeyes have done well going into the New York City area looking for talent in recent years. They will be back there again this year, and one of the key prospects they will be after will be Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson safety Antwine Perez. He already has 30 offers from schools across the country. Click here for more.

Ohio State has made it a habit in recent years to recruit the East Coast and the New York City area in particular.

With former Rutgers assistant Darrell Hazell on the staff, it only makes sense to send him into some familiar territory.

One player to keep an eye on this year is Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson safety prospect Antwine Perez.

Perez (6-2, 200, 4.53) already has offers from more than 30 colleges and will be considered as one of the finest players in the Northeast in the Class of 2006. He told he is listing an early top five of USC, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State.

"Those are some of the schools I'm looking at," Perez said. "I will sit down and break it all down in May and see where I want to take my visits."

Other schools that have expressed an interest in Perez include Boston College, Florida State, Iowa, Maryland, N.C. State, Rutgers and Syracuse.

According to Perez, Ohio State was in his school a couple of years ago to recruit defensive lineman Turk McBride, who signed with Tennessee.

"Coach Tressel saw me then," Perez said. "They are a real good academic university. All the things that have happened and what's been said, that doesn't bother me. I am still interested in Ohio State.

"I see their team chemistry and they've been successful over the years. Coach Tressel is a good coach. I know they've had some good defensive backs like Mike Doss. I'm real interested in Ohio State."

As a junior, Perez had 68 tackles and seven interceptions for a 7-4 team. He also had 1,700 yards passing and 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He also rushed for 400 yards and 10 scores.

But defense is Perez's preference.

"I want to play on defense," he said. "I like hitting the ball carrier and it's where I feel most comfortable. I just love contact and that's why playing on the defensive side of the football is a better fit. I think I am a real good tackler. I have good awareness and I'm able to react right away.

"I think I have good coverage skills. In man-to-man and zone, I think I'm pretty solid."

Perez said he plans to participate in the Elite College Combine Wednesday at the Meadowlands in nearby East Rutherford, N.J. He may also jet out to California this summer to attend camp at USC.

"I want to make an early decision because I will graduate in January and look to enroll at that time," he said. "I would like to make all my visits before making a final decision. You can expect for a decision to come some time in the middle of the season.

"I would say everybody is even right now. I wouldn't give the nod to anybody yet."

Perez holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 940 on the SAT.

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