February 2, 2012
Tech in on Samples early
It's a full year from National Signing Day for Dallas (Texas) Skyline wideout Ra'Shaad Samples but interest is heating up for the 6-foot, 170-pounder with 4.5 speed.
Samples already has 18 offers including an offer from Texas Tech.
"It feels really good," Samples said. "It's kind of scary I'm in the next class. I remember when I was just a freshman walking through the door thinking the school was big and learning about high school football. I guess I'm moving onto a new experience soon."
Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville boasted Wednesday that his coaching staff had signed players they began talking to when he first took the Red Raider job two years ago.
It's true. Tech gets on recruits earlier than other programs and that technique has the Red Raiders on the inside track for Samples.
Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown was the first name Samples brought up when he talked about the coaches who are in contact with him.
"I get the most interest -- I actually talk to coach Brown at Texas Tech," Samples said. "I have a pretty good relationship with him as well as with some coaches at Texas A&M and Alabama."
Samples said the Red Raiders pitch him the idea of remaining at outside receiver once he reaches the college level. That's unique because college outside receivers are usually taller and heavier. Players Samples' size usually move to inside receiver.
"Most colleges said I have to speed to remain outside," Samples said. "I also has the shiftiness and quickness to play inside. So I think programs will move me around and try me out in different places. I can be diverse and that's something I like. I think I can be a good punt returner too."
Skyline High School is an emerging powerhouse on the 5A level. It took eventual State Champion Southlake Carroll -- the premiere team in Texas for a decade -- to the wire in a controversial loss in the state semifinal round.
Skyline definitely is a school ready to become a pipeline on a yearly basis and colleges will have to battle each other for positioning. Skyline has 14 football players sign National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
"We have a great group of talent and a lot of it is coming back," Samples said. "We have the quarterback coming back in Devante Kincaid who's a real athlete and can really throw the ball. We have a running back who was a freshman All-American last year. Then we have an outstanding sophomore cornerback, Cedric Collins who already has an offer from Kansas State."
But Samples could be the real prize of the returning Skyline core.
"I think just explosiveness in the open field and making plays is my specialty," Samples said. "I think I'm best in open field and the biggest part of my game, what I practice the most is good route running. I want to run the routes well in college. I think I've got pretty good speed. I get by D.B.s with real deceptive speed."
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