Perez-Means’ Versatility Draws Recruiters

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Duan Perez-Means got it done for Hermitage (Richmond, VA) on both sides of the ball in 2007, accounting for four defensive touchdowns and one safety from the defensive end spot and totaling 22 receptions including eight touchdowns at wide receiver. The junior’s versatility is what has drawn much interest from Division 1A programs, including official scholarship offers from Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“Everyone has their own little spin on where Duan could play on the next level,” Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane said. “He has those three offers and a bunch of interest from other people. Notre Dame and Purdue were here [on Wednesday] to evaluate him. Virginia Tech likes him as a defensive end. UVa likes him at their outside linebacker/stand-up defensive end position. Syracuse likes him as a tight end. Tennessee likes him as a tight end. Maryland likes him as an H-back. Everybody’s got a different take on him. It is really interesting.

“Duan is a big-bodied kid who runs well. He is 6-4, 220 pounds now, and next year he could be 225 or 230 pounds. He is very athletic and aggressive. That’s why so many people can see him doing different things.”

So far, Perez-Means has taken unofficial visits to several schools, two of which have offered. This summer, he plans on checking out several more schools and will also participate in 7-on-7 tournaments with his Hermitage teammates.

“He has been to Virginia Tech, UVa and Maryland,” Kane said. “He does plan on visiting Syracuse this summer and he plans on going to Tennessee, too. We are also going to several 7-on-7 tournaments. We’re going to West Virginia, East Carolina, UNC and UVa. He’ll get great exposure at those.”

Coach Kane did not rule out the possibility of Perez-Means making a college decision before the 2008 season, but at this point no timetable has been set.

“If he gets a good feel for everything, he might decide early,” said Kane, who