Four-Star Running Back Verbally Commits To Oklahoma Sooners

By Amanda Staver
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The Oklahoma Sooners picked up a huge football commit on Wednesday as sources confirmed that running back Samaje Perine has verbally accepted an offer.

Several programs showed interest in Perine, but he showed the most interest in Alabama, Oklahoma and TCU. Early on, many thought he would lean towards Bama because he has said during interviews that he grew up a Tide fan. Later in the recruiting process, he had narrowed it down to Oklahoma and TCU.

The Texas native plays high school ball at Pflugerville Hendrickson and is currently ranked by Rivals as a four-star recruit. He is also on the Rivals 250 list at No. 188 for the 2014 class. Perine has been described as a player that can make an early impact to any team once he hits the campus.

Perine overcame a torn ACL and MCL in late 2011 to have 2,020 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012. Due to the injury, he wasn’t full-speed this past season and should be considered one of the best backs in the state of Texas after the 2013 season plays out. That is if he stays healthy.

Cale Gundy, the Sooners running backs coach, has been putting in the legwork recently on the recruiting trail. This would be his third four-star recruit in the last couple of months. According to, over the span of five years, Gundy has picked up a Rivals 250 player each season.

When looking at what the Sooners currently have at running back and what is coming in 2013 and now in 2014, the word loaded comes to mind.

The verbal commitment of Perine is the third for the Sooners in the 2014 class. The other two are wide receiver Armanti Foreman and defensive back Vontre McQuinnie.

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