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Friday, July 5, 2013
Big offer could be coming for 4-star OLB

By Erik McKinney

Four-star outside linebacker Jordan Perez (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) holds nine scholarship offers. His 10th could finish his recruitment.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defender has been offered by Arizona, Boise State, Miami, Oregon State and Utah, among others, but after attending USC's Rising Stars camp last week and then watching the Trojans lad a commitment from ESPN 300 linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), his gaze is firmly focused on a visit to Stanford later this month.

Perez hopes that the two-day trip -- a camp on July 26 and a junior day on July 27 -- is largely celebratory, as Cardinal coaches have more than hinted that an offer could be on the way.

"They said if I go there, I'll get an offer," Perez said. "From what they told me, they would have offered earlier, but I needed certain grades and an ACT score. That part is taken care of now, though."

Cardinal coaches visited Perez this spring and dangled the carrot, letting him know before he took the ACT on May 28 that he would need to finish his junior year on a strong note in the classroom and with his standardized testing. Now that he's hit those marks, he's looking forward to checking back in with the Stanford coaching staff.

"They want to see me run around a little bit," Perez said of what's expected of him in three weeks. "If they offer, I'll probably commit there. In the Pac-12, it's the best football and academics and it's in one of the best areas. Plus, I want to stay in California."

The eventual commitment could give Stanford its fourth four-star commitment and keep the Cardinal on a recruiting roll that began in late June. Perez said if the commitment occurs, he'll call the coaches of the other programs to inform them of his decision.

While Perez plays outside linebacker in a 5-2 defense for Carlsbad, he said he would likely slide inside at the next level, as he is more suited to that position in college. As a junior, he tallied 64 tackles and seven sacks on defense, as well as 16 receptions for 383 yards and four touchdowns.

However, if the offer from Stanford doesn't come, Perez has a few other options in mind. Boise State, Miami and Washington would likely get official visits if he is still undecided heading into August.