Big Offers On The Table For 2012 Athlete

This physical 2012 prospect talks recruiting and about his recent visit to Auburn for a team camp.

Columbus, Ga.--Carver High School has a pair of the top prospects in the country for the 2011 class in defensive lineman Gabe Wright and running back Isaiah Crowell, but they're far from the only prospects for the Tigers though. One of the players to watch for 2012 is big wide receiver Artimas Samuel and he was recently on display at Auburn's Team Camp.

A 6-1, 205-pounder with very good hands and the ability to get off the line of scrimmage, Samuel was nearly unstoppable in 7-on-7 action as Carver only lost one game on the tournament's first day before returning home to Columbus. While the visit was short-lived, Samuel said it was a great chance for his team to come together and work on throwing the ball.

"It's very fun. It gives me an opportunity to showcase my talent and show how far I've come since last year. We were mostly a running team last year but I think we'll have a good aerial attack this year. We'll have to force coach (Dell) McGee to throw the ball because he trusts us a lot more."

Starting just one season on the varsity at Carver, he put up some solid numbers despite very little in the way of a passing game for the Tigers. Playing wide receiver he caught 24 passes on the season and is hoping to increase those numbers next year.

One of the things that he's working on the most is improving his 40-yard dash time and his speed overall. Not as strong last year he was running in the 4.9 range, but has already moved down into the 4.7 range and his hoping for even more improvement with added strength and conditioning.

"I feel like the strength of my game is my size," he said. "Since I'm bigger than most guys I can bully them around some. I use my size and hands to make big plays."

Despite not being a burner, Samuel has already impressed several coaching staffs enough to get offers. Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and Auburn have all given a verbal pledge of a scholarship and Samuel said he likes what he sees out of Gene Chizik's program.

"Auburn offered me during the spring," he said. "Coach Trooper (Taylor) really liked me. I came during the spring and watched Auburn practice a few times. It's a great school with great facilities and nice coaches. The coaches are very humble and I can relate to them."

Even though he already has offers and has a bright future in front of him, Samuel said he's determined not to let anything get to his head. With still his entire junior season ahead of him before the recruiting process really begins to mean something, he said he'll just take things slow and easy.

"It's still a long way to go," he said. "My main focus is to be humble and not let the fame get to me."

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