Ala. RB Reciprocating UNC Interest

North Carolina doesn’t regularly dip into Alabama for prospects – especially if the prospect doesn’t have some sort of connection to NC or a member of its coaching staff – but the staff has expressed interest in Lamical Perine, a running back from the 2016 class.

“They made first contact with me, but they really have my interest,” Perine said. “Two or three weeks ago, Coach [Jonathan Rutledge] contacted me [through Twitter].”

Allowing his actions to speak rather than his words, Perine, a 5-foot-11, 202-pounder from Theodore (Ala.), visited UNC a couple of weekends back to attend its bout with Georgia Tech.

“The atmosphere was amazing,” Perine said. “I had a great time. I definitely had a great time at the game.”

After carrying the ball 23 times for Theodore against conference rival Foley, Perine caught a 2 a.m. flight and eventually reached Chapel Hill just before lunch time. Upon his arrival on campus, he met up with Larry Porter, UNC’s running backs coach, and Rutledge.

“They showed me around and made me comfortable,” Perine said.

Perine then took in UNC’s thrilling victory over Georgia Tech, in which T.J. Logan’s touchdown run with 11 seconds remaining secured the ACC Coastal Division win.

“They made some big time plays,” Perine said. “They really gave me a show. They really get the ball to their playmakers.”

Perine saw UNC implement a running back-by-committee approach with Khris Francis (1), T.J. Logan (14), and Romar Morris (9) toting the ball. Perine is more accustomed to a featured back role – in nine games, he has 201 carries for 1,356 yards and 16 touchdowns – but isn’t opposed to being a part of a running back rotation.

“Whatever I have to do to help the team, I’ll do,” Perine said. “So I don’t mind doing that. I’d rather be a 25-carry guy, but it’s whatever I can do for my team.”

Perine stayed Saturday night in Chapel Hill and returned to campus the following Sunday for a full campus tour.

“They showed me the academic part of the campus,” Perine said. “And they showed me they were going to take real good care of me if I were to come up there. They showed me that they cared more about academics than football. That’s really a big thing.”

Before heading to the RDU Airport, Perine met individually with Larry Fedora.

“He told me that they watched my film and they’re very impressed with me,” Perine said. “He said they want to build a good relationship with me and then hopefully they will offer me. He said it’s important to get a good relationship first.”

Perine has already collected scholarship offers from UAB, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss. He’s also receiving interest from Auburn, Boise State, Florida, Florida State, Minnesota, and UCLA.

Besides UNC, Perine has visited Alabama and Mississippi State.

Perine doesn’t claim any favorite schools.

“It’s up in the air right now,” Perine said. “I’m really not ready to make any decisions on which schools are my top schools, but North Carolina has definitely gotten my interest. I just like the fact that [UNC] cares about its players and their futures.”

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