Saban offers UF commit from Alabama

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Despite being from Alabama, Lamical Perine grew up a Florida fan. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi / The Gainesville Sun)

A Florida commitment has yet to help Lamical Perine earn a fourth star, but his latest offer might.

The Theodore, Alabama, running back committed to UF back in May after receving an offer from Gators coach Jim McElwain and his staff.

Now McElwain’s former boss, Nick Saban, has followed suit.

Alabama’s coach offered Perine personally on Tuesday.

“I spoke with coach Saban,” Perine said. “He told me they’re going to be a little short on running backs next year and they want to offer me because I’ve been doing good this season. He said I’ve gotten faster and stronger since last year.”

In 10 games played, Perine has rushed for 1,554 yards and 15 touchdowns on 212 carries. Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns was at his game this past week.

“Coach Burns came to check me out,” Perine said. “He’s been in contact with me since my sophomore year. I guess he finally decided it was time to offer after watching me.

“It feels great. There’s not too many running backs from this state that can say they got an offer from Alabama. They recruit nationally. Alabama is one of the best schools in the nation to go to.”

The 5-foot-11, 211-pounder plans to make a return trip to Tuscaloosa after visiting earlier this season. However, Perine said UF running backs coach Tim Skipper and director of player personnel Drew Hughes need not worry.

“I’ll probably take an official to Alabama just to go enjoy myself, but I’m all the way in with Florida,” Perine said. “I have a great relationship with coach Skip and coach Hughes. They know where I stand. I’m very strong with Florida. I’m fully committed.”

Perine has voiced his frustration on Twitter about being rated a three-star recruit. He feels validated by the Alabama offer.

“I think about that every day,” Perine said of his rating. “After a while, I’ve realized reporters get things wrong. You gotta be blind not to notice my talent. I’m just glad schools like Florida and now Alabama see it. But I like people doubting me. It makes me work harder.”

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