Perine — and Killian — were also impressed with the way the Sooners handled his recruitment.
“Coach (Cale) Gundy did a great job of building a relationship,” Killian said. “He handled it in a professional way. It wasn't a high-pressure thing and he didn't tell him stuff just to get him to commit.”
Perine broke out as a sophomore but his season ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the second round of the playoffs in a game Hendrickson lost.
But Perine came back just fine.
“He's just an extremely powerful kid,” Killian said. “He benches 415 pounds and squats, I don't know, 550-600 pounds. He's got great hands.
“I'd love to play him at linebacker if he'd let me. But he wants to carry the rock.”
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