February 11, 2012

Samples piling up offers, talks TCU

Dallas Skyline receiver Ra'Shaad Samples may have played on one of the most athletic youth basketball teams the Metroplex has ever seen.

When he was 12, Samples joined a travelling team that included 2013 Baylor basketball commit and Crowley standout Kyle Wilson and Fort Worth Southwest receiver Robbie Rhodes, who set a national high school receiving mark in a game last season and who holds an offer from Texas Tech and is receiving interest from several others.

"We were pretty good," Samples said.

As good as that team may have been, Samples stepped his game up even further when it came time for high school ball, playing a pivotal role last season one of the most talented high school teams in the state last season at Dallas Skyline.

Skyline sent players to Texas and Texas A&M for the class of 2012 and Samples, a member of the Rivals 250 ranked No. 191 overall, is part of a group of around five or six Skyline juniors who should have their pick come signing day next February.

The 6-foot, 170 pound speedster, who posted 1,900 combined yards and 25 TDs the past two seasons, will be at TCU's junior day on Saturday and said he is eager to get the feel of the campus and meet again with TCU cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings.

"I went TCU for a Nike camp but this will be my first time touring the campus," he said.
As far as what he knows about the school?

"I know coach Jennings pretty good and I know it's not that far from home. I think it's a good thing that it is far enough from home that I'll be travelling but it's closer enough where I could come back if I needed to."

Samples received a visit from Jennings recently.

"He came down to the school and told me they were going to be recruiting me pretty hard at the beginning of the week and talked about the junior day and the offer."

On Friday, Samples added Notre Dame to an offer list that already includes the likes of UCLA, Texas Tech, Cal and Baylor among a dozen others.

He said he made it a point to catch a few TCU games on television last season and was pleased with what he saw.

"I watched a couple of their games. I was really impressed with how they throw the ball and get the ball around," he said.

The play of a local TCU freshman caught his eye as well.

"I really like Brandon Carter and the way he plays. That's something I could really see myself doing - playing the same role he does."

He has heard varying stances on where colleges see him lining up.

"People tell me inside, people tell me outside and people tell me both. It doesn't matter to me," he said.

Samples has plans to visit Texas Tech on the Feb. 25 and is tentatively set to visit Alabama on the 18th, although a family obligation may keep him in Dallas that weekend.

As far as when he'll make his commitment, he doesn't have a set timeline but won't rule out committing early.

"I don't know if I am going to take my official visits because I might commit before then," he said. "If the times comes where I feel like I can make my decision, I plan on making it official."

"It's a little bit of everything," he said.

"I'm not gunning for early playing time, I just want to be in a stable program with good coaches around me."

Joining his former and current teammates at the next level won't make much of a difference and Samples isn't leaning towards any school at this point.


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