For the second time this week, the Florida Gators have landed a verbal commitment to enhance their Class of 2016 with three-star running back Lamical Perine (Theodore, AL) pledging Friday to join the program.
Perine, who was offered by Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper on Thursday and committed to the Gators less than 24 hours later, was a former target of Skipper and head coach Jim McElwain while the two were at Colorado State.
Though other major programs have shown interest in Perine, who rushed for 1,416 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior at Theodore High School, only Mississippi State had a commitable offer out to him, as of press time. Other schools that offered Perine include Marshall and Minnesota.
Perine is the cousin of Samaje Perine, the standout Oklahoma running back who compiled 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns in his freshman season with the Sooners. He is planning to attend a football camp at OU in June and previously said he was hoping for an offer from the program.
Perine is Florida’s 13th commitment for 2016, 11 of which are rated as three-star prospects in the 247Sports Composite. He is the second rusher to join the Gators’ class as four-star JUCO prospect Mark Thompson (Dodge City, KS) committed to the program on May 13.
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) May 29, 2015
Florida Gators’ 2016 verbal commitments:
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