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"My list is still pretty solid with USC, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, LSU and Ohio State. I'm solid on these schools for the rest of the recruiting process," said Perez, from Wilson High School.
"I'm going to be graduating early in December, so I want to take at least three official visits before I commit to a program.
"It's kind of unfortunate but I'm not going to be able to camp at USC this summer. My last day of school is the first day of their camp for me, so it's just not going to work out. I plan on getting out there in August for an unofficial visit to see some of their practices and talk with the coaches and the team.
"To tell you the truth, they're the only school that I've decided I'm going to take an official visit to when the time comes. They're a top priority of mine and I definitely got to make it out there for an official visit," he said.
"I really like how Michigan produces some good DBs, year in and year out. They always have one of the top secondaries in college football. Coach (Ron) English (secondary) is one of the top coaches on technique for that position in the country. I think Michigan could be a good fit for me, especially if I want to move on to the NFL after college," he said.
"I also really like coach (Bob) Stoops from Oklahoma. They've always had a strong defense and they're always have one of the top defenses in the country. They're a winning program every year and it's their defense that always puts them at the top. I'd love to be in a program like theirs," he said.
"I also like Tennessee. My cousin, Turk McBride (defensive end), goes there. He never tries to persuade me on them…we've got a real good relationship. He just tells me what it's like and what he knows about recruiting and stuff. Plus, I really love the SEC conference.
"Coach (Willie) Martinez (secondary) from Georgia is truly an outstanding guy and I really like their program too. Florida is one of the premier programs in the SEC and I really like how LSU has been stepping up their program.
"The SEC to me is really the pride of college football. Just look at the statistics. They send more players to the NFL than any other conference. It's a really great conference and I think it would make me a much better player to play in it," he said.
Perez also plays quarterback for Wilson but says he is not being recruited for that position by any of the programs in his top eight.
"I really don't see myself playing quarterback in college. I'm way more defensive-minded and that's what side of the ball I want to be on."
"I don't think I'll really have time to take in any camps or unofficial visits other than the one at USC in August that I'm shooting for. I've got a real busy football schedule this summer," he said.
"I think my #1 defensive ability is to hit hard--I just explode at the ball carrier. I'm also fast on breaking on the ball and I've got a great ability to cover as well. I do a good job at reading offenses now, but I always think that I could get better at it. That's what I want to improve on more for this season," he said.
Final JR (7-3) stats: 58 tackles/7 INTs/4 FC; 1700 yds pass/14 TDs/7 INTs; 500 yds rush/10 TDs
Bench: 305/Squat: 415/Power Clean: 245/Vert Jump: 34"
3.2 GPA/940 SAT (old test)/first-time ACT unset