According to Rivals.com, Carlsbad High School's Jordan Perez is only a three-star player, just the 38th-best oustide linebacker in the nation, but many connected with the Stanford program expect much bigger things than those evaluations would indicate.
Fans naturally look towards the recruiting services for player rankings, but Stanford coaches value nothing higher than what they see with their own eyes during their summer camps, and Perez certainly impressed with his performance. He earned a scholarship offer after attending Stanford's Friday Night Lights camp last July, and he committed immediately.
At first glance Perez might project as an inside linebacker as his size would seem to prevent him from developing into an outside pass rusher, but this is why personal evaluation is so important. Watch the film below from the Friday Night Lights camp and you'll see a player who fights above his weight class. Lined up against some of the elite prep offensive tackles in the nation -- players who outweight him by 50-100 pounds -- Perez simply beats them. He doesn't run around them, he powers through them.
Four years from now Jordan Perez will be a starting linebacker for the Stanford Cardinal. Coaches and fans around the country will wonder where he came from, but you'll know. He came from the Cardinal Class of 2014.