Before the 2016 Texas high school football season, Marquez Perez of College Station l was a relative unknown. Playing as a wide receiver in head coach Steve Huff’s offense, little did coaches and recruiters alike know the skill the young Cougar had to lead his team to the cusp of the state championship.
With an untimely injury to senior quarterback and Sam Houston State commit Ty Brock during the season, Perez took the reins of the offense and has not looked back since.
Listed as an athlete, schools see the rising senior leading their offense from the play-caller position. It’s apparent that the intangibles are there as far as his intelligence behind his offensive line, but his ability to escape the rush and make plays on his feet really stand out.
His open-field running ability mixed with his sure set of hands has given Perez an opportunity to join Matt Rhule and the Baylor Bears in receiving ranks. With the early inkling of recruits who play in pass heavy offenses set to come to Waco, this could be a telling sign of where Perez could potentially land On top of that, former College Station Cougar Timarcus Davis is set to join the Bears this offseason, Baylor might ultimately pose the highest upside for successful college years for the Cougars’ star.
It doesn’t stop there for Perez.
Also in the running for his services are Purdue (WR), Cincinnati (WR), Rice (ATH) and even the Kansas Jayhawks, who have taken notice of Perez’s exceptional footwork and feel he would best suit them in the secondary as a defensive back.
Now after throwing for 2,220 yards and 27 touchdowns, Perez is ready to focus on his senior season and getting the Cougars back to the brink of the state championships. The rising senior plans to make his decision before the start of the season in hopes that he will be better focused on his responsibilities on the field and to his teammates.
Being looked at in several different positions could be overwhelming for some, but Perez takes it in stride knowing that his talents can stand up to the test anywhere on the field. What’s important in his eyes is that he picks a program where he and his family have a positive understanding and a great relationship for the duration of his time there.
For the College Station Cougars coaching staff, they know what a talent they have in their midst, but come late summer when Perez decides where his future lies, the state of Texas might soon take notice as well.
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