Jose Garcia a Multi-Purpose Threat

At 5-foot-6, 175-pounds, it doesn't surprise Reedley (Calif.) College receiver Jose Perez when people scoff at his size. But when he goes out and continues to produce the numbers he has, his play speaks volumes. 

And despite being undersized, at least by typical college football standards, schools are taking notice.

"Troy State called the other day, they want me real bad," said Perez.  "They haven't officially offered me, but they told me they want me to come.  Valdosta State has been talking to me too."

In addition to those two, Perez is receiving letters from Oregon, Michigan State, Utah, Arizona State and Colorado State.

Perez played his high school ball in Georgia and despite rushing for over 2,000 yards his senior year, thought that his days of playing football were over.

"Troy State was looking at me in high school, but I didn't have an SAT score to play," said Perez.  "I wasn't even going to go to school but my high school coach got me hooked up with Reedley and I decided to keep playing."

It's turning out to be a smart decision.  Perez is an all-purpose player for Reedley and this season has had a 260 all-purpose yard game.  Prior to last week's contest he had scored eight touchdowns, six through the air and two on the ground. He scored again last weekend vs. area rival, Sequoias.

"I know I'm capable of playing at the next level," said Perez.  "I want to go to a good D-I school where I can play.  I'll do whatever.  I return kicks and punts both."

A 2004 high school graduate, Perez didn't attend school in 2004 and played for the first time post-high school in 2005.  He'll graduate in December and have three years to play two.


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