"We have known Chris for quite a while and know that he is a really good player", said Waugh. "I respect Dale (Layer) and he had nothing but good things to say about Chris as a player and a person. Chris played for Coach Pannone at Oldsmar so we know he has a working and winning background. He should be a very good player for us as he can score, as well as defend and rebound. I like big, strong guards".
The signing of Perez completes a stellar recruiting class for the Hatters dubbed the "I-4 5" for their proximity to the Interstate that runs from Daytona to Clearwater, otherwise known as the I-4 Corridor. The freshman class has garnered national attention from media outlets such as ESPN.com and with the addition of transfers Adam Pegg and Chris Perez, the Hatters have added proven college players to the roster who will be eligible to compete in 2011-12. The "I-4 5" consists of Corey Walden (Seabreeze H.S.-Daytona Beach), Luis Jacobo (Winter Springs H.S.-Winter Springs), Steven Forbes (East Ridge H.S.-Clermont), Chris Perez (Oldsmar Christian-Oldsmar/Tampa) and Adam Pegg (Clearwater H.S.-Clearwater).
"Last year I made the statement that I thought last year's class was our best to date in my tenure. To a certain extent that started playing itself out with the contribution of our freshman last year (almost 1,000 points scored on the season as a class). Although, not all of this year's signees will be able to suit up for us in 2010-11, this class probably has the chance to be even better. I think all the hard work of our staff members over the years is paying off from a recruiting standpoint", said Waugh.