Chula Vista native Luis Perez's unique football journey leads him to 2018 NFL Draft

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Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 15:39:38-04

(KGTV) - Chula Vista native Luis Perez, the 2017 Division II Player of the Year, is waiting to hear if his name will be called during this weekend’s NFL Draft.

The senior quarterback won the 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy -- considered Div. II’s Heisman Trophy -- and led Texas A&M-Commerce to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship. Perez finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.

Perez, a graduate of Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista, previously attended Southwestern College in the South Bay. He made the SWC team as a quarterback despite having never played the position in high school, according to the Southwestern College Sun.

Pro Football Weekly reported Perez was a top-rated amateur bowler in California well before he was setting records on the gridiron.

Now, after a unique journey to college football stardom, Perez prepares to find out if an NFL team will take him in this year’s draft.

According to Pro Football Weekly, the Dallas Cowboys New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings are among the teams that have scouted Perez during the draft process.

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has ranked Perez among his top 300 draft-eligible players. He is one of two Division II players to make Kiper’s top 300 list.