As a sophomore, Samson Reed played on Kahuku High School’s varsity football team where he was crowned a state champion. Being able to receive playing time at Kahuku is quite the accomplishment, let alone do it as a sophomore. The defensive lineman hopes Kahuku will be able to go back-to-back as state champions next season. Simply put, Reed gets it done both on and off the field.
“I’m 6-2, 242-pounds right now and I’m a sophomore in high school, “said Reed. “I play defensive end and sometimes they put me at D-tackle and nose. I played on the varsity team last year and we won a state championship. I think we can do it again next year too.
“On the field I would describe my style of play as one who is a technician. All the coaches have been teaching me different techniques to use out on the field instead of just bull-rushing all the time. I like to try and use different moves to get to the quarterback. Off the field I’ve been studying my butt off to do all that I can to keep my grades up,” said Reed. “I want to make sure I get things done first in the classroom, so that’s really important to me. On the field I just play with confidence and play my hardest.”
Recently, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake extended a full ride scholarship to Reed. Reed remembers the first time he met Coach Sitake after he came out to scout Leroy Tanoa'i, who is Sitake's half brother.
“Coach Kalani Sitake is the one that offered me this year. I met him when I was like four years old, “said Reed. “ He was out there scouting out LeRoy [Tanoa’i] a while back and that’s when I met him. He’s a great guy.
“When I first got offered I talked to LeRoy and he contacted me. He was saying how proud he was of me, and how great it would be to play on the same field as me. He was really happy for me.
“This is my first scholarship offer that I’ve received from a division one school. It was a big surprise for me. I was sitting in my room just thinking about it. I was just so grateful. I was thinking about my cousin who plays there.”
BYU offensive lineman LeRoy Tanoa’i is closely related to Samson Reed, so to have received a phone call from his cousin congratulating him on his BYU offer was a welcome experience. However for Reed, being in his sophomore year he was a little shocked to learn he was receiving a scholarship offer from BYU so early in his prep career.
“At first I was kind of shocked but then I realized how hard I had worked and put myself out there, “said Reed. “I’m just really happy and grateful that BYU offered me.”
“Oh, I’m just proud of my son,” said father Tanoa’i Reed. “I told him that going to college was never an issue for him when it came to us paying for it. When you work hard and receive a scholarship offer, you own that. I told him, ‘If you don’t get a full ride we’re going to play for your college.’ There’s something about getting a scholarship and owning that and accomplishing that for yourself. It’s a testament of hard work and I’m proud of him for that.”
Sampson’s father, Tanoa’i Reed, is the body-double for Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as “The Rock.”. As a father, Tanoa’i Reed is excited that his son earned a scholarship to BYU for more personal reasons.
“Oh, I feel comfortable and I feel safe about him going to BYU,” said father Tanoa’i. “We have a lot of family friends on the staff now, and the morals and values that are found on campus makes me as a father feel good about things. The morals that are taught and expected there makes me feel safe that he won’t stray from the values he was taught at home.”
For his son Samson, the offer by BYU places the Cougars at the top of his college wishlist.
“I believe all college are a great opportunity, but for me I want to stay more in the west, “said Samson Reed. “BYU is pretty high up there for me. I need to learn more about BYU and start looking up more things about BYU like tuition and scholarships and things like that.”
“It’s just a great opportunity for my son,” said Tanoa’i Reed. “We now have Jack Damuni signed on at BYU and Tevita [Ofahengaue], and these guys are all my boys. He can go out there and be on campus and I won’t have to worry about a thing. It would be great because he’ll have his uncles out there taking care of him when I’m not around and I don’t have to worry about a thing. This is a great accomplishment for my son and I’m proud of him for that.”