College Station junior quarterback Marquez Perez and defensive back Quandree White took part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine last Thursday through Saturday at the Alamodome.
The combine hosted 600 of the top underclassmen from around the country and was done in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which was played on Saturday. A&M Consolidated junior safety Kolby Peel and College Station junior defensive lineman MarQuise Conchola were also invited to the combine but did not participate.
“You're going up against great athletes, [future Division I players] who have offers,” Perez said. “You get to go out there and show your talent.”
While Perez was a key factor in getting the Cougars to the Class 5A Division II semifinals this season at quarterback, he stuck to wide receiver at the combine. He started the year at wide receiver before an injury to senior quarterback Ty Brock forced him into quarterback duties.
“At first, they had me at quarterback -- before the camp started," Perez said. "But they had the film already [of me playing quarterback] from this year so they wanted to see me at receiver.”
Scouts who select players for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a showcase of the top senior high school football players in the country, were present at the combine. There were also a plethora of college coaches in attendance.
“It’s a good stop for us,” Perez said. “People that participate in the combine have a better chance at playing in the game. I’m glad to be in the situation that I’m in.”
Perez said he received good feedback from the combine. A video posted to the Twitter account of Josh Czarnota, a quarterback from Fenton, Michigan, shows Perez beating a defender on an out-and-up route on a pass from Czarnota.
"They said I had great feet and they liked my route-running, my speed and my quickness,” Perez said. “Those are the things that will help me later down in the road.”
White, a four-star recruit by most major recruiting services, is ranked as the 43rd-best player in the state, according to 247Sports.com, and was ranked at No. 195 in Rivals’ Top 250 ranking for his class.