"I'm dying to get out there"

Every year the State of New Jersey produces some of finest high school football talent and 2006 looks to be no different. Princeton, New Jersey defensive back Myron Rolle is already being touted as one of the top-3 recruits in the country. While Rolle may garner most of the attention, but 6' 2 and 200 pound quarterback/safety Antwine Perez (Woodrow Wilson High School) from Camden, NJ has received 30 scholarship offers and was named to the All-State New Jersey Team last season.

In 2004 Perez had 55 tackles and over 7 interceptions as a safety. He also threw for over 1700 yards passing and 14 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions. Perez also ran for 400 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns.

Perez had previously listed USC, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio State as his top schools, but he now expresses a high interest in USC.

"Oh yeah, USC is definitely one of my top teams. I would put them in my top-3 right now," Perez said.

"Running back coach Todd McNair is recruiting me and he's a real cool guy, down to earth, and someone I can talk about anything with, not just football. I really like him a lot. Plus he's from my hometown," Perez said.

Todd McNair isn't the only USC coach that has been in contact with Perez. "I just spoke to Pete Carroll yesterday for the third time. He's very energetic and a great coach. I would like to play for him," said Perez.

Perez will make his only camp appearance at USC in June. Perez said he's never been to Los Angeles and can't wait to make the trip. "I'm dying to get out there," said Perez.

He will also make an official visit sometime during the football season.

There are specific qualities Perez is looking for in a school. The first is the academic reputation. Another factor is his relationship with the coaching staff and the players. He is looking for a program with a family atmosphere allowing him to fit in. Finally, he would like to play for a program that will compete for the national championship every year. Perez will also graduate early and enroll in college in January.

"I am evaluating schools right now and plan to have a solid top-5 by the end of summer. Then I'll get my visits out of the way and commit early."

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