I have narrowed down my choices and will like to thank all the coaches who have recruited me it has been a blessing! pic.twitter.com/T1K3XvksUD— PacoPerez (@pacostacos73) June 18, 2015
Before discussing Texas Tech in particular, the Southern Cal prospect spoke a little about each school in his top six.
"I chose Arizona State because they're always in contact with me. They came to watch me work out three times, they talk to me every day, they always check up on me."
"The reason I chose Texas Tech is because Coach Chev, he always messages me, he came to see me work out twice. They were my first offer which was really special to me. They were the first school to know that I could play Division 1 football. I also like the Hispanic background they have. I know they have twin guards that are both Hispanic, and I like how they had Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez. They had a tight end last year in '14 (Jace Amaro) who got picked up (by the NFL). I think it's very special that they have a great football team and a Hispanic background."
"I chose Colorado because before they offered, they got to know me better as a person. I thought that was pretty special."
"I chose Oregon State because it's another school in the Pac-12, up north, I think their program is awesome. I like how Coach Woods always keeps up with me, he's always messaging me asking how I'm doing and stuff like that."
"Washington State, they would always mail me letters, Coach McGuire and Coach Wilson would always talk to me, we have a good relationship to the point that all we talk about is food. I like that. It feels like I'm already playing for them."
Perez, who is the third-ranked offensive guard in California and fourth-ranked in the entire West, is not particular about which offense or position he plays at the next level.
"The offense, I don't mind whatever they run. I don't mind playing guard, or tackle or center, I can learn all positions. School-wise I want to play for a school that has a good Hispanic history, a great football team, a team that treats you like family, where I can be accepted. I also want to go to a school with great academics."
The Texas Tech coaching staff is hot on the heels of the versatile lineman, who currently plays left tackle for Baldwin Park but projects as a guard to the next level.
"We had been talking for about a month, and then they pulled the trigger and it was really special to me because it was my first offer - at a Big 12 school! I like how they both (coaches Hays and Chiaverini) talk to me daily on Twitter. They always say how great it is, how amazing it would be if I played there."
Perez's Hispanic heritage is very important to him, and the fact that so many Hispanic football greats like Gabe Rivera, Jace Amaro, and Louis Vasquez have come out of Texas Tech is eye-opening for him.
"They also talk about the great alumni, like I said before. I like how they take Latinos into the team because coming from me, I think Latinos are making a movement and we're getting up there to play Division 1 football."
Texas Tech's Air Raid offense under Kliff Kingsbury has been one of the most fast-paced, uptempo offenses in the country due to its limited use of substitutions - it led the nation with 87.38 plays per game in the 2013 season. Perez feels comfortable operating in that style of offense along with any other, for perhaps a unique reason.
"I consider myself athletic, I think my burst is quick off the line and I like the spread offense. I like to move the ball pretty quick. I'm open to any offense because being here at Baldwin Park High School, in my four years we've had a different head coach every year so this year's gonna be my fourth head coach. I've had to learn a new offense every year. But out of all the offenses I've played in I think I like the spread the most. I just like to move quick. I don't like to slow down, it makes me mad."
Texas Tech isn't the farthest school away from Baldwin Park in SoCal, but it's not the closest either. With two states separating California from Texas, is location being factored into Perez's decision?
"I'm not letting (the distance) affect my decision because my parents told me 'do you'. They said whatever decision I make, they'll be happy. They say we're very blessed to have this opportunity so they say whatever decision I make, they'll support me 100%. Even if it's far away, even if it's on the other side of the country, they'll try to fly out every so often. They're okay with me going far for school, and I'm okay with it as well."
With the summer in full swing and his senior season on the horizon, Perez is looking to wrap his recruitment up pretty soon.
"I talked to my dad about it, and I've decided we're going to announce my commitment in early or mid July. I'm still making my decision (where I want to go)."
Wherever the soon-to-be senior decides to commit, he will still listen to what other schools have to say.
"Talking to my dad, he wants me to listen to what other schools have to say. Technically I'll still be open after I commit because he still wants me to keep in contact with other coaches if it doesn't work out with that school, I can change my mind."
The California prospect isn't sure about taking more unofficials this summer, and will take official visits this season, but he feels comfortable committing to a school in his top six even if he hasn't visited it yet.
Perez holds offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, Texas Tech, and Washington State among others. He reports interest from UCLA and USC.