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Written by Andrew Spivey, May 29, 2015, 7 Comments,
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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.

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. skyflakeMay 29, 2015, 12:34 pm

    UF is taking a lot of under the radar prospects, and this guy is just the latest. I don’t know if this strategy will work out for the future. I see that UF may also take a JUCO offensive lineman, Mittermeier, that is eligible to play this year. I know UF will be able to sign a lot of players this year, but if guys like Mittermeier can’t play, you are stuck with them for years to come. I know it’s a down year for running backs in Florida, but I did think Tisdale was a fit at running back. Maybe I’m just too stubborn to realize that the paradigm has changed at Florida. I’m used to seeing blue chippers, four and five stars, wanting to come to UF. Maybe UF can win with the three stars that now dominate this class. Missouri has won the East the past couple of years and Miami hasn’t won anything in over a decade. Times change, but I don’t have to like it.

    • fettiboi247May 29, 2015, 1:31 pm

      What’s up with all the negativity Skyflake ??? Im not the smartest man in the world but I do think the coaches know what they’re doing more than you or any other person that wants to come on here and bash recruits because of star ratings and criticize every darn decision the coaches make on the recruiting trail….me I don’t care about star ratings…Is the recruit one of the top players at his position or one of the top players in his state…that stuff matters….those are indicators that tell u the kid can play and look at how our 2016 class is taking shape…u see under rated players…..I see much needed depth and overall team strengthening….. That’s why Alabama, FSU and Ohio state are killing it on the field….because all three have depth at Offense ,Defense and Special teams……u need all that to compete for Championship !!!!!

    • landportMay 29, 2015, 2:07 pm

      Skyflake, I understand your point and your concerns may be quite valid. I think that Coach Mac is dealing realistically with the situation he was given by the Foley-Muschamp debacle. I support Coach Mac and think he may be able to make it work BUT the Gators are no longer a top-trier program in the SEC or the nation. The Gator are generally viewed, along with Vandy and Kentucky, as one of the weakest programs in the SEC. Now, if that is too ‘negative’ for some members of Gator Nation. I am sorry but denying reality does not change that reality. Coach Mac is going after guys (usually 3-Star guys) who he think will come to Florida. This should stir up the beehive but, sadly, the Gators at present cannot consistently recruit against programs like LSU, FSU, Ohio State, Clemson, etc. There is a reason why the 4-and 5-Star guys go to the top programs. Right now, the Gators are not a top program thanks to Foley-Muschamp. That Gator Nation is reality. Hopefully, winning and a cure is on the way!

  2. swampcracker
    swampcrackerMay 29, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Hey any kid that wants to come to Florida bad enough to endure a ten hour bus ride is all right in my book. His passion for being a Gator is worth an extra star. No 1 recruiting classes are nice but not the only way to get the job done. I believe this class will either end up top 10 or just outside of it, which is good enough to win. I’ll bet Zook and Muschamp average class recruit ranking was higher than SOS, But neither coach could match the success of SOS. Coach Mc deserves to have his shot and full support of Gator Nation. It has been a long 5 years since watching the Gators has been enjoyable for this life long fan. Looking ahead to the always tough schedule, lack of proven QB. the depth of the OL, and lack of production at wide receiver I don’t anticipate a huge jump in the victory total. Next I hope to see fun and enjoyment back to the games. After a complete year of competing on the field will anyone have any data truly access the coaches performance. Entertainment first year and victories second what true Gator wouldn’t be happy with that formula.

    • landportMay 29, 2015, 6:16 pm

      Apparently Perine can endure long bus rides and has ‘passion’. Nothing wrong with either of those. But can Perine play SEC caliber football. I have no idea. But I do know Coach McElwain is betting his job on the kids he recruits. Head coaches all over the country are doing the same thing. So, let us forget about Stars for a moment. An ‘offer’ or lack of an ‘offer suggests something. Well, La. Tech, South Alabama, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State and Troy among other made an ‘offer’. On the other hand, FSU, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan State, Southern Cal and Vanderbilt did not make an ‘offer’. What does that mean? I do not know. But we will in time find out.

  3. gatorcalMay 29, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Why in the world would you use a picture of The Swamp filled with nothing but garnet and gold?

  4. skyflakeMay 29, 2015, 5:32 pm

    The point I’m making doesn’t necessarily relate to the number of stars a player has. There are three star players that wanted by everyone, and then there are the one’s that dominate UF’s class that are not highly sought. The only Power Five conference school that has offered this latest commitment is Mississippi State. The only current commit that is wanted by everyone is Chauncey Gardner. I’m not including JUCO players in that statement since a lot of schools don’t recruit JUCO players except to fulfill a specific immediate need. Maybe this staff is smarter than everyone else and are better evaluators of talent, time will tell if that’s true. I don’t believe it’s a recipe for success to recruit for depth, as one poster suggests this staff is doing. If you don’t believe someone can be a starter, even if it doesn’t happen until their fourth or fifth year, I think you’re wasting a scholarship that can be used for someone that can. It’s one thing to fill your roster with numbers, which McElwain says UF lacks right now, quite another to fill it with guys who can’t play. Doing that just saddles your program with dead weight that retards a possible return to relevance. It’s all relative, UF’s class is ranked 11th by 247 now, but will that remain the same when the competition has the same number as UF?

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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.

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