January 21, 2013

Stability from the center

For a guy who never intended to play football past high school, Albert Perez has had quite a career.

The 6-foot-1, 285-pound center from East Los Angeles Community College has enjoyed two seasons as an All-Conference and All-State honoree for the Huskies. He is hoping for similar honors as he continues his career at the University of Wyoming. Perez committed to play football for Wyoming on Sunday.

"I really wasn't going to play football after high school," Perez told gowyogo.com on Monday. "But my best friend in high school sort of dragged me out to East LA College."

Perez said he now has no regrets that he continued his football career. Perez is a 6-foot-1, 285-pound powerhouse, claiming a bench press of 445 pounds and a squat of 555. He runs the 40-yard dash in a time of 5.1 seconds. The two-year starter for East LA College chose Wyoming over scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Georgia State.

"The coaching staff is real nice," Perez said when asked why he committed to Wyoming. "They made it feel like home. The hospitality around town was great and the program seems like it is going in the right direction."

Early this month Perez said Wyoming's coaches contacted him saying they were looking for someone to compete for an open center position. He said the Cowboy coaches told him they liked the fact he came from a program which played a similar style of offense.

"About two weeks before my visit the Wyoming coaches started talking to me," Perez said. "Actually, I didn't know anything about them or Wyoming. They told me they play a lot of teams that are close to this area like San Jose State, Fresno, San Diego State and my biggest thing is my family. They can actually go see me play."

Perez came to Laramie this weekend and had what he considered to be a very busy and exciting time taking in a basketball game and his first snowmobiling expedition. He said multiple times during his interview with gowyogo.com, the hospitality of Laramie made a real impression on him.

"The hospitality of the town was nice. Everyone who walked by told me hello," he said. "It was a very good weekend."

Perez said he will move to Laramie this summer after he completes his courses in Communications at East LA College.

"I want to go in and compete for the starting job and contribute as a teammate," Perez said of his goals for next year.

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