What the Gators Get: Lamical Perine

National Signing Day means lots of things. Flips, surprises, signing on the dotted line of a long agreed upon commitment. Each school ends the day with a laundry list of names to sift through; people that caught their eye at one point or another. Now the key is helping them produce at the college level.

Since transitioning from high school to college football means a lot of changes, there naturally comes some unexpected drop off in talent. The people who were the most talented in their small hometown are now just fighting for a roster spot. It’s in those moments though—those battles that are within their selves more than against each other—that players find what they’re truly made of; and coaches discover what they’ve really gotten.

Lamical Perine is one of those guys that will proving himself to the Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators this summer and fall. On paper, he’s a 5-11, 211 lb. running back from Theodore, Alabama. In high school he broke the Theodore High All-Time rushing record. He’s been a solid commit to the Gators since May 2014. He’s somewhat of a college football running back legacy. His cousin, Samaje Perine, broke the FBS single game rushing record in November 2014.

But it’s about more than the facts on paper. The real question arises when coaches and fans alike start to ask “what do we really get in Lamical Perine?”

To answer that question, Lamical himself, along with some of the people who know him best, sat down to delve into all that makes Lamical, well, Lamical.

It’s the persistency, the role model, the athlete and more. All rolled into one, it’s the running back that’s headed to Gainesville for the Florida Gators.

So watch below and hear it from Lamical Perine and others to learn what kind of guy will be suiting up in the orange and blue this fall.

Kassidy Hill
Born into a large family of sports fanatics and wordsmiths alike, sports journalism came natural to Kassidy. It’s more than a passion; it’s simply a part of who she is. Hailing from Alabama in the midst of typical Iron Bowl family, she learned very quickly just how deep ties in the SEC could run. She came to Gainesville after college to pursue a degree as television sports reporter but quickly realized she missed writing. She’s excited to now marry the two aspects for Gator fans. She loves Jesus, her daddy and football; wants to be Billy Donovan’s best friend and firmly believes that offensive lineman are the best people on earth. Follow her on Twitter @KassidyGHill