Height: 6-0 1/2
40 time: 4.58
From: Long Beach, California
High School: Cabrillo
Idaho continues to work on rebuilding it's defensive backfield with athletes who possess the speed and skills to come in and make a difference immediately. Cabrillo senior Michael Samples looks to be another back that could continue the legacy set by 4 Idaho true freshmen who played last season for the Vandals (D.J. Dykes, Jevon Butler, Reggie Jones, and Brandon Ogletree).
His high school career was impressive, albeit cut short his senior year. As a junior he had 128 tackles and three interceptions. He was named first team all-league and second team Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team. Michael was also named his team's defensive player of the year. As a senior he played in only 3 games, suffering a broken jaw early in the season. Despite the injury, he still recorded 35 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
During the summer between Michael's junior and senior year, he ran with the first team defense at the USC overnight camp at the cornerback spot. Among his highlights at the camp was an impressive interception off a tipped ball, recording a swift 4.58 40 (among a handful of the fastest times at the event), and recording a 29 inch vertical jump.
He also turned some heads at the UA/Mike Stoop 7-on-7 Camp in Arizona.
Among Michael's early suitors were UCLA, who spent alot of time with Samples prior to his injury. Among the reports written by BruinReportOnline.com, the following was said:
A physical, hitting safety, Samples patterns himself after fellow Long Beach native Mark Carrier, the current Arizona State defensive back coach. "People tell me I play like Mark Carrier. That's a good compliment," he said.And the following:
If offers were given solely on attitude, he would already have a plethora. "I display a lot of leadership on the field and I have presence, period. I make the players around me better. I do not care if we are losing 41-0, I still think we are going to win. I have a lot of heart and character."Finally, Michael reportedly carried a 3.3 core GPA this year and scored an 890 on his SAT (reportedly good enough to qualify). He would like to major in something to do with Mathematics, something the University of Idaho offers extensively.