2016 RB Lamical Perine commits to Florida Gators

By Adam Silverstein
May 29, 2015

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.

Andrew Spivey of Gator Country (see video above) first reported Perine’s commitment to Florida.

Florida Gators’ 2016 verbal commitments:
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  1. Joe says:

    He reminds me of Mark Ingram with a bit more burst. I can see the talent in his game – seems like a solid pick up.

  2. Sjkoepp says:

    Kid seems to have some amazing top end speed

  3. Ken (CA) says:

    Well, so far at least, we likely won’t have to stress on NSD as to whether our recruits will sign or they will switch to one of our rivals.

    • senuod says:

      The big fish will come once/if the product on the field shows the improvement that we all are hoping for. Personally, I think we will definitely see an offensive improvement. The question is how much? And how is Mike Summers going to work his magic with a decimated o-line?

      If we play well, and the offense looks promising…the recruits will come…and we are going to need the extra bodies anyways. A big class would be good for us right now.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        Don’t get me wrong, I am not hugely concerned, and I think long-term very good strategy, building relationships with high school players and coaches throughout Florida. Many of these schools tend to produce D1 players regularly and being willing to take those that may not be huge impacts shows a lot of class to build bridges and relationships if they are treated well and fairly and given opportunities, which I am sure they will. Muschamp left us with a lack of depth and a lot of holes to fill, contrary to much popular belief, so I understand, as well as being late to this cycle. He pulled off some miracles last cycle, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he has a number of rabbits he will get to as the cycle goes on.

        Adam, your auto-play is causing issues again, as I was posting, that yoga ad kept playing and actually kept forcing itself to center of page, so I couldn’t even complete post until I could get it stopped and scroll, it wouldn’t let me scroll in either direction as it kept locking how far I could move up or down the page.