"Marshall is my first offer," a happy Perez told JCFootball.com. "I've been texting with coach (Alex) Mirabal for the past few months and sending him my film of the spring and this morning coach (Chuck) Heater was at my school and we talked for about 20 minutes and then today coach Mirabal called me again and said 'we want you to be a part of this program and want to offer you a scholarship to the University of Marshall'.
"They said they decided to offer me because they like my size and they like my athleticism."
As a freshman last season, Perez, a full-qualifier out of high school, moved from tight end, the position he played as a prep, to center and he was off to a promising start, but a torn MCL in his left knee forced him to miss all but the first two games.
"I was down about it for a while, but I think there's a huge positive that came out of it," Perez noted.
Perez's offer from Marshall is for him to sign with them in December and while that's intriguing, he's considering the possibility of leaving Butler this summer to head to a four-year school.
"I'm working on setting up an official visit to Northern Illinois," Perez said. "We haven't set it up yet, but that should happen here in the next few weeks."
While the Huskies have yet to offer, if they do, there's a chance he could leave.
If he were to leave this summer, Perez would have five years to play four, but if he were to play at Butler this fall, he would have four years to play three following the 2017 football season.