Perine feels like part of OU family

OU running back commit Samaje Perine had a great unofficial visit to OU, punctuated by a special moment after the game.

Despite the fact Oklahoma has used primarily an aerial attack the last few seasons, the Sooners never have any trouble recruiting running backs.

Now that OU has returned, at least momentarily, to the ground-and-pound game, it has never been a better time to be a running back at OU.

And it's never been a better time to be Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back and OU commit Samaje Perine.

Perine, a three-star recruit, made another unofficial visit to campus last Saturday to watch OU's 16-7 victory against West Virginia.

"It's very different," said Perine about going for a game compared to a practice. "I was able to get the full magnitude of everything. I wanted to see what my future Saturday nights are going to be like."

If it's anything like last Saturday, Perine has reason to smile. For the second straight game this season, the Sooners rushed for more than 300 yards.

He said it was great to watch the OU rushing attack in person, but his best moment was after the game when he was asked to break down the OU running backs huddle.

"I'm going to be a part of that," Perine said. "I didn't do anything crazy. I just did ‘RBs on three' and broke the huddle. It was a special feeling."

The first week a tough one for Perine as Pflugerville Hendrickson's opponent keyed in on Perine the whole time, not allowing him to get off.

Last week is what OU fans are hoping to see more of from Perine. He rushed 11 times for 196 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-0 victory.

"I was very happy with that," Perine said. "The only thing I was disappointed about was that I didn't see the field in the second half (because of the blowout)."

There are a lot of questions surrounding Perine's commitment. Not his actual commitment as Perine has been 100 percent with OU from the start, but what will his position be?

With the Sooners targeting major running backs in the class, there has been speculation Perine might end up at fullback. Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star back Joe Mixon is visiting next month, while Englewood (Colo.) Cheery Creek four-star prospect Nathan Starks has been high on OU's board for two seasons.

It's highly unlikely OU would be able to land all three stellar running back recruits.

Perine doesn't have those answers right now. He said all he can do is go off what OU coach Bob Stoops told him originally.

"Coach Stoops said he recruited me as a running back," Perine said. "For at least the first year to see how I fare there. We'll just have to see. I have no issues at all if I have to move to fullback. I'll do whatever the coaches want me to do."

One reason some expect Perine to move to fullback is his bulky size. Perine said he's a solid 235 pounds right now, but he has a reason behind being that big.

"I lose weight throughout the season because of all the running we do," Perine said. "Every summer I get it back up as much as I can. I stay around like 234, 235."

Perine can worry about his position at OU later. Following a great unofficial visit to campus, it just reassured him more his desire to be a Sooner.

"It was great hearing all those fans," Perine said. "Not many places you can say it has been sold out like that. OU is one of them."

Perine said his official visit hasn't been discussed yet.


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