Breaking It Down: East Defensive Backs

Antwine Perez

"Hello World." Those were the words uttered by Tiger Woods when he announced his coming out party from the amateur golf ranks to the pros. There's another prospect that's ready for the prime-time lights and the national audience and his name is Antwine Perez. Perez is a hard-hitting defensive back from New Jersey and he has a message for college football fans from coast-to-coast.

"I'm ready to show the world what I'm all about," Antwine Perez said. "This (U.S. Army All-American Bowl) is going to be televised and I'm ready to make a statement. There's going to be a lot of good ball players in San Antonio and I want show that I belong."

Perez, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, from Woodrow Wilson High in Camden is one of six very good defensive backs on the East Squad. Perez is committed to USC and you can hear it in his voice that he's sticking his chest out a little bit more these days.

"I'm definitely going to San Antonio with the mindset of talking to the guys on my team and on the West team about Southern Cal. You can't argue with what Coach (Peter) Carroll has done at USC and we're not done winning national championships. Those guys that aren't committed and are looking at USC, they will definitely be hearing from Me.

Myron Rolle
Perez isn't the only player from the Garden State making his way to San Antonio in January. Florida State bound Myron Rolle, the No. 1, safety, in the nation, according to, will be bringing his game to the Alamo Dome.

We asked Rolle if he has started to peek at the West roster and who he might have to go head-to-head with on the football field.

"I really haven't looked at the rosters yet," said the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, from the Hunn School in Princeton. "My job is to go out there and play fast. Play like I know how to play and everything else will fall into place.

"To tell you the truth, I just want to go down there and have a good time but I'm also going down there to recruit for my school (Florida State). My roommate is going to be C.J. Spiller and I'll be talking to him about FSU. I'm also going to talk to Percy (Harvin), Andre (Smith) and A.J. Wallace."

A.J. Wallace
If you're a wide receiver or running back on the West, you see a pattern here with the East defensive backs, they all have great size, they hit hard and they are all ball hawks.

You probably haven't heard much about cornerback Steve Brown because he gave Michigan his commitment before the start of the season and therefore didn't have daily recruiting updates done on him. However, chances are that after January 7th, we'll all be talking about how lucky the Wolverines and Lloyd Carr will be to have Brown wearing the Maize and Blue for the next few years.

Brown is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, from East High in Columbus, Ind. He chose Michigan over Notre Dame. Brown is fast (4.4), physical and he takes as much pride in his ability to deliver a knock-out punch as he does intercepting the football. Brown could play cornerback or safety in Ann Arbor.

"I broke my ankle about the fourth week of the season," Brown said. "My doctors have given me the go ahead to play in January and I feel fine. I really don't know where I'll be playing during the game. I'd imagine I'll play corner and safety.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and mixing it up. I haven't played in a while and I'm going to need that week of practice to get the rust off but I'll be alright. I really haven't looked at the rosters, I just know the best of the best is going to be there and it's a good measuring stick for all of us."

Steve Brown isn't the only one looking to shake the rust off. A.J. Wallace, the No. 8 cornerback, in the nation, according to, hasn't played football in awhile and he wants to be at the top of his game in San Antonio.

"I'm just trying to get in shape," Wallace said. "This isn't a normal high school game. There are going to be great players at every position. None of us can afford to take a play off in San Antonio. If we do, someone can make you look bad on national television.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm going to have a lot of fun but I'm also going to show everyone what I'm made of. I'm working with a speed trainer right now to get my body ready to go. (Georgia commitment) Akeem Hebron is going to be my roommate and we both have been talking about the game. We can't wait to see Percy (Harvin) play. We're glad he's on our team."

Raeshon McNeil
Notre Dame Commitment Raeshon McNeil, the No. 33 cornerback, in the nation, according to, will be showcasing his skills in San Antonio. Although there are more highly ranked cornerbacks than McNeil, the 6-foot, 175-pounder, from Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County will be out to prove that he can play with the five-star recruits.

One prospect that I was very much looking forward to seeing down in Texas was Darrin Walls (6-1, 180, 4.4). The super cornerback prospect Woodland Hills High in Pittsburgh, Pa., is one of the best cover corners in the nation but the West will get a break as the Notre Dame commitment won't be making the trip to the Alamo.

"I'm not going to play," Walls said. "I had surgery on my shoulder and won't be able to play in the game. It was an honor to be selected but I'm going to rehab my shoulder and get ready for Notre Dame next year." Recommended Stories

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