Former Trojans safety transfers to Maryland

College Football

January 27, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich

Former Southern California safety Antwine Perez has transferred to Maryland and enrolled in classes, the athletic department announced yesterday.

Perez will sit out the 2007 season because of NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining. He enrolled in classes Wednesday, along with punter Travis Baltz, who graduated from high school early. Quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who agreed to wait a semester before joining the Terps, has also entered school. Baltz and Robinson will be true freshmen in the fall. Robinson registered for classes earlier this month. All three will be eligible for spring practice, which begins March 27.

Perez, who had a standout career at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J., was a 2005 Parade All-American but was stuck behind the Trojans' current safeties and was not expected to play ahead of one of USC's top incoming recruits.

"He's looking for a better opportunity to play," USC coach Pete Carroll told the Los Angeles Daily News in late December. "That was his decision about the depth chart and playing time."

Perez, 6 feet, 190 pounds, played in seven games as a backup safety last season, and was used mostly on special teams.

As a high school senior, Perez made 82 tackles, deflected 10 passes and had seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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