"He's a little bit of a character."

Jermain Preyear has signed and faxed his letter of intent to the University of Alabama. Davidson's coach Fred Riley talks of his injured player.

Jermaine Preyear
5-11, 195, RB
Davidson (Mobile)
Scout.com three-star recruit

Coach Fred Riley: "I thought that Jermaine when he was not hurt (he's dealt with a shoulder injury off and on, but he's gotten that thing well. He's going to be really ready to go) that I thought he reminded me when he was at his best of Ken Darby when he was at his best. When Ken ran hard behind his pads and looked like an SEC running back."

"Jermaine is the same height, the same weight, they are the same build, the same low center of gravity and do the same type things. I think Jermaine's best football is ahead of him as he grows and develops as a college player, and for us he was probably never ever as good as he could have been because he stayed hurt. It hurt him statistically."

"He had a shoulder injury, and we basically just hid all year this year. We went into games with X amount of times he needs to carry the ball to protect him to get him through the season."

"We never hit him during practice, and it was just those things that we couldn't make public, but now that he's gotten well and he is 100-percent now. He's going to be a good player."

"He is a little bit of a character. He's not afraid of the limelight. He's not afraid of being in front of people. He will be a good interview when he gets there. He grew up in the shadow of some really good players here for a couple of years, and he grew up this year in terms of leadership and tried to carry the offense on his back some this year which I was proud to watch him grow into that role."

"He has matured a great deal, and he's a yes-sir, no-sir kid. Momma done a good job raising him. I think he will be a credit to the university."

"I think just in talking to them [Alabama] they are looking just like we all are for a running back that will be physical and run violently between the tackles and they think he can be that kind of back."

"When Darby was at his best he was that kind of back. To get the hard yards that will convert third and three, but also has good enough ability, ball skills to catch the ball out of the backfield."

"I think they can leave him in, and they won't have to substitute him out in personnel groupings. They can use him out in space also. I think once he gets into their system and learns their system I expect him to push the guys that are there pretty quickly. I can promise you this, he knows how to work."

Bio: Preyear braved a painful injury this season to rush for 1,020 yards on 128 carries. The sure-handed back also caught eight passes for 142 yards and another score. Preyear has fully recovered from the shoulder injury and was listed as honorable mention on the Elite 18 issued by the Press Register.

Preyear rushed for over 900 during his junior season and 593 yards during his sophomore season.

Analysis: Preyear has the ability as a power runner for the Tide and best between the tackles runner. He also gives Alabama a nice option with good hands and can remain in the lineup for the run or pass. The University's strength and conditioning program will benefit Preyear's prior injury.

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