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."