Christian Perez

Recruiting News and Notes: Christian Perez commits to Navy

Recruiting News and Notes: Christian Perez commits to Navy

Christian Perez (QB), East St. Louis

East St. Louis quarterback Christian Perez (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process this week and give Navy his verbal commitment.

"It's a really big decision and I just felt very comfortable with the coaches at Navy," Perez said. "They easily recruited me the hardest out of anyone plus Navy offers so many opportunities on and off the field. Both of my parents are in the Air Force so in many ways I've been around the military my entire life. I fully understand the commitment both before the academy and after graduation at Navy. It's great to know that I'll have a job and a potential career path waiting for me after the Naval Academy.

"Navy also offers a great education and top academics along with a great football team. It's just a tremendous overall opportunity that I just didn't want to miss out on."

Alec Pierce (WR), Glenbard West

Glenbard West senior wide receiver Alec Pierce (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) has added multiple offers this summer, but don't look for a quick college decision just yet.

"I'm looking at taking my recruiting process into the season," Pierce said. "A lot of schools, especially schools in the Big Ten all want to see my early senior video. I already have some great offers and options but I also feel that I want to give some of those other schools a better look. I'm willing to wait until they get a chance to evaluate me this fall. I believe I can play at the highest level in college and I want to make sure I give myself every opportunity."

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Alante Brown (QB), Simeon

Simeon junior quarterback Alante Brown (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is already holding two early scholarship offers and has increased recruiting attention this summer.

"I have two offers from NIU and Toledo so far," Brown said. "I'm planning to go to Miami of Ohio this coming Friday for a camp and a visit. I have also camped at Illinois and NIU so far this summer. Also this coming weekend I'm going to visit Purdue, Central Michigan and Western Michigan."

Aaron Antoniou (OLB), Hinsdale Central

Outside linebacker Aaron Antoniou (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) has transferred back to Hinsdale Central for his senior year after spending last season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

"I was playing on second string as a strong safety and also playing on special teams at IMG last year," Antoniou said. "After looking at everything I decided along with my family that coming back home for my senior year was my best decision. I'm just excited to be back home and back with kids that I already know and playing for my home school. This year I'm looking at playing some defensive end and linebacker for my team this season and I'm excited to be back at Hinsdale Central. It feels good to be back home for sure."

Antoniou has drawn recruiting interest from the likes of Minnesota, Illinois, Western Illinois and UMass. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Christian Perez transfers to East St. Louis

Recruiting News and Notes: Christian Perez transfers to East St. Louis

Bryce Effner (OT), Metea Valley

Metea Valley junior offensive tackle Bryce Effner (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) has seen his recruiting stock rise this winter. Effner has scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan and Toledo. Effner is also drawing attention from several other schools.

"I've been starting to hear from new schools such as Michigan State, Colorado State and North Dakota State," Effner said. "North Carolina just invited me to a Junior Day and Syracuse also just requested my academic information. I'm also looking at visiting Penn State, Duke and possibly Iowa State and LSU later this spring."

Christian Perez (QB), East St. Louis

Defending Class 7A state champion East St. Louis added a new student in the building when former O'Fallon junior quarterback Christian Perez (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) transferred in last week. Perez, who is considered one of the top quarterbacks in Illinois in the Class of 2018, explained why he made the move.

"My dad moved back to East St. Louis," Perez said. "It's a chance to spend more time with my dad. It's something that I'm really excited about. I have family already in the community and I'm just thankful and excited to start my first day at East St. Louis."

Perez, who was a two-year starter for O'Fallon, has drawn recruiting looks and interest from several Big Ten and Mid American Conference schools.

Jaylan Alexander (OLB), Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates junior outside linebacker Jaylan Alexander (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) was able to add two recent scholarship offers from Northern Illinois and Illinois State. Alexander made a recent Junior Day event visit to Northern Illinois and came away impressed with the Huskies.

"I've been to NIU a few times before and I went to a game last season so I was already pretty familiar with NIU," Alexander said. "The NIU coaches had been in touch and really seemed excited about me and wanted to make sure I came out to visit. I like what NIU has to offer. They have a nice school and they also have been a winning program over the years. NIU offered me as a linebacker but they also like me as an athlete. They feel I can be a pretty versatile player for them."

 Alexander has also drawn steady recruiting interest this winter from Central Michigan, Miami (OH), Wyoming and South Dakota.

Marquis Burks (DE), Curie

Curie junior defensive end Marquis Burks (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) has the look, physical tools and upside to become a highly sought after recruit in the Class of 2018. Burks, who is playing linebacker this winter for the HeroH travel 7-on7- squad, already has one early offer and lots of interested college programs.

"I still have an offer from Toledo," Burks said. "Besides Toledo, I'm also in touch with UCLA, NIU, Central Michigan, Missouri, Bowling Green, Pitt and Minnesota. Those schools and some smaller schools are all showing interest. They all love my junior tape and want me to stay in touch."