Commitment No. 13 is in. The Florida Gators landed a second prospect from the Mobile, Alabama area on Friday when running back Lamical Perine (5-11, 211, Theodore, AL High) committed to the Gators.
“I’m committing to Florida because they’re my dream school,” Perine said. “I called coach Skipper told him I was committing after he gave me the offer last night [Thursday].”
Perine who is a prospect that has seen his recruitment rise over the past several months picked up a Florida offer on Thursday night after speaking with running backs coach Tim Skipper.
Skipper and offensive line coach Mike Summers both led the charge in getting Perine’s commitment, as both coaches watched the Alabama prospect go through drills this spring.
Over the last few weeks Perine has picked up offers from Mississippi State and Kentucky, while also gaining interest from his dream school Florida — a school that he rode on a bus for more than 10 hours to visit last year.
As a junior Perine had 216 carriers for 1,416 yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching 13 passes for 255 yards and another two touchdowns.
“Perine is a prototypical SEC type running back who not only is a physical runner but also possesses break away speed,” Theodore offensive coordinator Matt Wells told GC.
Perine has good family genes, as his cousin Samaje Perine set the NCAA FBS record last fall with 427 yards rushing for Oklahoma. Perine is also related to former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.
With Perine’s commitment the Gators now have two running back commits with JUCO running back Mark Thompson already in the fold.
Stay tuned to Gator Country as we will have much more from Perine on his commitment to the Gators.