"I have my first official offer from South Florida," said 2015 RB Traveon Samuel of Central High School (AL). "It's exciting."
Samuel's performance in Tampa last week led to an immediate offer from USF. "I went to football camp with [Cameron Fraser], their top lineman. He plays for [Central High] and has already committed to USF. The coaches were following him around at camp and asked him if they could get a two-for-one deal.
"One of USF's coaches pulled me aside and told me that they were planning to offer me, but it was only going to be a verbal offer for now," Samuel explained. "Then, I did really well throughout the rest of camp. At the end, he approached me again and said, ‘You officially have your first offer.'"
Samuel's first "official" offer follows a verbal offer from the OVC's Jacksonville State just one week prior. "A teammate of mine attended camp at JSU and they offered him," Samuel said. "As they were watching his highlight tape, they said they really liked me, too. They contacted me shortly after that."
Although Samuel will only be a junior in the fall, he's garnered big-time SEC and ACC interest as well. "Clemson, South Carolina and North Carolina have all shown interest," he said. "I also talk to Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
"I'll be at Ole Miss on July 21st," Samuel said of his summer plans. "I visited South Carolina on June 15th and was invited back to their big camp on July 16th. The day after South Carolina's camp, I visited Georgia. They've invited me back to their Dawg Night Camp."
While Samuel's performance on the field hasn't hindered collegiate interest, his youth has. "I recently received an email from Miami saying that they were excited to talk to me when I got a little older," he explained. "I know they'll have their eye on me."
Though Samuel may be young to evaluate as a big-time college player, an experience he recalls when he was even younger set the stage for his college football dreams. "When I was in the eighth grade, I visited Texas just to see what college football was all about," he said. "I loved it. I'm planning on taking another trip out there during football season this fall."
As Samuel ventures toward what is sure to be an exciting recruitment, his sights are set on football season this fall. "Right now, I'm just working on getting bigger, faster and stronger," he admitted. "I'm working on gaining a higher football IQ as well."
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