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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
RB Perine adds big offer at junior day

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List running back Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) grew up in Alabama as a fan of the Crimson Tide, so it came as no surprise that he was elated to receive a big scholarship offer.

Samaje Perine
Class of 2014 tailback Samaje Perine added an offer from Alabama over the weekend.
Alabama coach Nick Saban made that offer at the Tide’s junior day this weekend.

“I tried to stay calm as much as I could, but deep down inside, I wanted to scream and yell and do all of the above,” Perine said. “I stayed calm, took it well, took it as a sign that I just need to work harder from here on out.

“Coach Saban, he seems like the guy that’s a great leader to the team, and everybody looks up to him. I think if someone gets out of line, he’s going to address them personally, and I like that about him.”

Perine, who grew up close to Jackson, Ala., last visited Tuscaloosa in November for the Iron Bowl. He also holds offers from Oklahoma, Purdue and Tennessee.

In last year’s recruiting class, Alabama signed four ESPN 150 running backs, and they already have Watch List running back committed Bo Scarbrough committed for 2014. With the Tide’s potential logjam at the position, Perine has another school on top.

“As of right now, Oklahoma would have a little edge just because their numbers at running back are so low,” he said. “I’ve talked to Coach [Cale] Gundy, and he’s basically told me if you come here and work hard, you’re going to have the starting position no matter what your grade or experience is. If you work hard in practice and it shows, the starting position is yours.

“With Alabama, I haven’t really got a chance to talk to Coach [Burton] Burns about the whole running back situation -- with how many they have and they’ve gotten, so I haven’t really touched base with him to see where they stand as far as actually playing at the running back position.”

Perine is expected to visit TCU on Saturday and he says he wants to have an idea of where he wants to go within the next couple of months.

“I’m going to sit down with my parents and have a talk about what we feel would be the  best fit for me,” he said. “I’m going to sit back and look at what the schools have to offer and try to figure out what’s my best fit.”