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#31 Thomas Perez
Position: Tailback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
City/State: Compton, Calif.
High School: Lynnwood/Compton CC
Experience: Junior College

 

AT COLORADO: THIS SEASON (Jr.)—Projected as a tailback and he transitions from junior college to Division I-A football.  He enrolled in classes at Colorado in the summer, and has three years to play two in eligibility. 

 

COMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE—A member of SuperPrep’s JUCO 100 (No. 54 overall, the seventh running back), with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 50 overall player in the JUCO ranks, while collegefootballnews.com pegged him as the seventh junior college running back and the No. 76 JUCO overall.  As a sophomore, he was a first-team all-Western State Conference selection at running back, as he rushed for 928 yards on 113 carries for an impressive 8.2 yards per carry and 14 touchdowns.  He also had 15 receptions for 310 yards and three scores.  He saw some spot action as a safety on defense as well.  As a freshman, he earned first-team all-conference honors, rushing for 1,028 yards and 17 touchdowns on 151 carries to go with 24 receptions for 526 yards and six scores.  He was more active on the defense that year, racking up 52 tackles with two forced fumbles and four interceptions.  Top games as a sophomore included 12 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown on a 91-yard run—and three receptions for 20 yards—in a 29-18 loss to Orange Coast, and a 15-for-110 yard (1 TD) effort in a 28-14 win over Glendale.  Under coach Angelo Jackson, Compton was 7-3 his sophomore year and 6-4 his freshman season.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—His family moved to California from Texas prior to his senior year, thus playing one year in the CIF system.  As a senior, he earned first-team all-CIF and all-Suburban League honors, and was named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West team when he rushed 134 times for 1,207 yards and 22 touchdowns (9.0 average).  He also had 11 receptions for 216 yards and three scores.  Defensively, he played at linebacker and safety, recording 37 tackles, including eight for losses (three quarterback sacks), one fumble recovery (for a TD) and seven interceptions.  A first-team all-conference performer as a junior, he had 135 carries for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns along with five catches for 63 yards and two more scores.  Top games as a senior included a tremendous game on both sides of the ball in the state semifinal playoff game against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.  He had 135 rushing yards and four touchdowns to go along with five interceptions that he snared as a safety in a dramatic 43-40 loss in four overtimes.  In a 28-14 win over Peninsula, he had 115 rushing yards and three touchdowns, with two quarterback sacks and a forced fumble on defense.  Under coach Geoffrey Jenkins, Lynnwood was 11-1 his senior season, losing in the state semis to the aforementioned Sherman Oaks, a team which would go on to win the Division 3 state title).  Greenville, under coach John Mackey, was 8-2 his junior year and 7-3 his sophomore year.  He also lettered twice in basketball in high school, earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior.   

 

ACADEMICS—He is interested in sociology as his major at Colorado.  He owns a 3.0 grade point in junior college, and boasted the same number in high school. 

 

PERSONAL—Born July 11, 1986 in Greenville, Texas.  His hobbies include playing basketball and listening to music.  An uncle (Ron Knight), played linebacker at Long Beach State in the 1980s, and was later in camp with the NFL San Francisco 49ers.  He is a close friend with USC running backs Reggie Bush and LenDale White, and played against former Buff Lawrence Vickers when both were prep stars in Texas.  He goes by the nickname “T.P.”—as in his initials.

 

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