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Sooners Land Texas Running Back
Though he'd recently narrowed down his list to two, Pflugerville (Tex.) Hendrickson running back Samaje Perine ended his recruitment on Wednesday, committing to Oklahoma. "I felt that the opportunity was there. I wouldn't have had the opportunities that I would have at Oklahoma at any other place I was looking at so I decided 'Why not? Let's go ahead and do it,'" he said. Perine, whose recruitment was spearheaded by Sooners' running back coach Cale Gundy, was excited to hear about the staff's plans to return to a more run-heavy offense. "They just got a new offensive line coach, so they were saying that they were going to go back to the i-formation, the pistol and all of that stuff. They were telling me that I would get lots of carries and would be a big part of that offense," he said. Also a factor in his commitment? The 5-foot-11, 231-pound prospect has a good chance to see playing time as a true freshman. Perine's commitment comes on the heels of a visit to Norman. "Before practice, we took a campus tour with Coach Gundy. I really like that it's both sports and school. It's relatively small, and that's one of the things I was looking for, so everything can be right there, close to each other," he said. Though Perine had previously attended OU's Junior Day, his recent visit allowed for a new perspective on the program. "Going up there, I knew all of the coaches and had seen the facilities. It was more of an observation on how the coaches related to the players and how the players responded. That's a big part right there: good relationships. They have that up there. The players and the coaches are all great people and get along very well. That's very good," he said. Now, as a commit, Perine is ready to help the Sooners land a talented recruiting class, starting with his own teammates. "When I was leaving, the coaches said there were a few guys on my team they would be keeping an eye on. I'm not exactly sure which guys he was talking about, but whenever I can help them get recruited and get offered, I'll do my part," he said. Perine still plans to attend the Nike Football Training Camp in Dallas the first weekend of April, but says he's finished with visits to other college programs. "It feels great. I'm glad I got an opportunity to go see other schools, but it feels great to be committed, knowing that I'm going to a great place with a bright future. I'm just looking forward to it," he said.
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