University of Florida

Nick Saban tried to flip this UF football player once. He had a succinct response.

Lamical Perine of the Florida Gators rushes against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Perine was recruited by Alabama but turned the Crimson Tide down.
Lamical Perine of the Florida Gators rushes against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Perine was recruited by Alabama but turned the Crimson Tide down. Getty Images

Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine is from Mobile, Alabama. He was a star in high school, garnering All-State honors and playing in the Alabama-Mississippi high school football All-Star game.

So when he was making his decision on where to play college football, he had the Alabama coaching staff’s attention.

Even after committing to the Gators, the Crimson Tide tried flipping him to come to Tuscaloosa.

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He was asked about saying no to the Tide during Monday’s portion of the 2019 SEC Media Days taking place at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

In fact, a reporter told Perine that nobody says no to Alabama coach Nick Saban.

“Lamical Perine did,” the senior UF running back said, according to multiple reports.





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Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.
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