Perez Set to Narrow List?

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One of the top defensive back prospects in the country may have his list of schools narrowed substantially by the end of the week. Woodrow Wilson (Camden, N.J.) star safety Antwine Perez, who easily has over 40 Division 1-A scholarship offers, says “I’ve cut my list down to about 20 and I’m going to try to cut it down to 8 by the end of the week.”

Perez named a few of the lucky programs currently in his top 20.

“I’d say Virginia Tech is one, USC, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia…schools like that,” Perez said.

Perez plans on graduating high school in December and wants to enroll at college in January of 2006. He would like to make his decision as early as possible, saying “if I had my mind set on where I wanted to go, I’d get it over with. But I’m still undecided”

Right now, the plan is to take all five official visits before announcing a decision.

“I don’t think it’s going to be too hard of a decision,” Perez said. “I am going to take all five visits. Wherever I feel most comfortable with the coaching staff, where I fit in the best and where I can have a shot at playing early on special teams or whatever is the school I’ll choose.”

The 6-2, 200-pound Perez showed why he is one of the top defensive backs in the country during the Elite college combine earlier this month. Not only did he feel he tested well, but he felt he did very well in coverage against wide receivers.

“They gave the best defensive back honors to this kid named Anthony Ferla, but on the website when they rated all of the kids they rated me as the top defensive back there,” Perez said. “To me, I tested pretty good. Especially my 40 times. They were right where I said they were. I ran a 4.53. If I could improve anything though, it would be my testing. Because on the one-on-ones, I was matched up even with just about everybody out there. If there was a guy nobody could cover, they would put me out there. I covered everyone out there better than some of the corners. I was the biggest defensive back out there. After that, Miami came in and said they wanted me as a corner…like an Antrel Rolle player who can play safety and corner.”

This summer, Perez has not made any plans to visit schools although he says he may visit Southern California. When asked if he knew of any schools certain to make his top 8, he replied “I’m not even sure right now. I’m still jumping back and forth.”

Both Virginia and Virginia Tech have visited Woodrow Wilson this