Thursday, January 28, 2016

Juan Perez - Q&A

Today's guest is Juan Perez.  Juan was a two year starter for Cypress Ranch, receiving all-district mention twice as well as academic all-district.  Last year, Cy Ranch reeled off ten straight wins after a season opening loss, before falling to eventual state champion Katy in the second round.  The year before, the Mustangs made it to the state finals, bowing to Allen in the championship game.

***Juan is currently uncommitted***

Hudl Highlights

LSC Scoop - Juan, what an outstanding senior season, both individually and as a team. What will you remember most from last year?
What I will remember the most from this last season was the Cypress Ridge game. One of my teammates laid on the ground with a broken forearm. He was a game changer no doubt about it. Something got into me and I went 100 times harder for him for my team they needed a boost of energy. Will all glory to God we came away with the victory for our school and him.

Q - Tell us a little bit about recruiting. When did colleges start coming around? Was it ever a distraction?
Colleges started to contact me in December. It could definitely be a distraction if you let it get to you head. In this situation you just have to be patient and let God do his magic

Q - Who are the schools interested in you?
Adams State, Harding University, Angelo State, Midwestern State, Texas A&M Commerce. Those are the ones that relly stick out to me

Q - What schools are you most interested in?
In this process you can't ever be picky anything offered to you is a blessing, there's no time to be picking favorites.

Q - How big of a role do academics play in your decision? Have you decided on a major?
Academics always come first to me. I believe that is something coaches want to see is a STUDENT before an ATHLETE. If you don't have the grades then you're technically wasting your time trying to play and get an education. That's just how I feel about it. I am looking to be a mechanical engineer. If that doesn't work out possibly a dentist.

Q - What strengths do you have that will help you be successful at the collegiate level?
The urge to want to prove people wrong. I am always being told I won't be good enough because of my size. I block that away. I believe in working hard so that I can be the one with the last laugh. Size doesn't matter, if you can ball that's the only thing that you should be judged on.

Q - Who are your role models, or the people that have helped you get where you are today?
Honestly ? My little brother .. He is my inspiration he suffers of autism. I want to get my degree and play for him. I one day want to take care of my brother. I want him to know that I love him with all my heart and I wake up everyday for him.

Q - Any advice for guys that will be going through this process in the next year or two?
Keep your head up high no matter who's recruiting you. Don't wait till your senior year to get your name out there. Send your film out as soon as possible to get exposure and be on top of the other people and evaluated first. That's a mistake I committed and advice others not to commit.

Q - What teammates do you think have the ability to play at the collegiate level? Are they being recruited?
At Cypress Ranch there's a lot of players that can honestly ball. But focusing on the senior class . Brayden Stringer, Collin Rock, Nick Stiff, and Mark Bruno . Those guys have their own respective colleges .

Thanks Juan.  Hope to see you in the trenches in the LSC for the next four years.

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