Samuel becomes a Louisville recruiter

The University of Louisville announced the addition of Phenix City, Ala., Central High School playmaker Traveon Samuel last week. Samuel, a the three-star prospect who will enroll in January at U of L, will be on his official visit this weekend.

Phenix City, Ala., Central High School playmaker Traveon Samuel already knows he's attending the University of Louisville for college.

Samuel signed his paperwork with U of L last week and will enroll in school in January.

"I'm so excited," Samuel said.

But before he heads to town for good, Samuel will be here this weekend making his official visit to U of L. He'll check out his new home and also try to help the U of L coaching staff close some other prospects out in recruiting.

"I know Kareem Orr (a U of L commit) and I can't wait to meet some of the others," Samuel said. "I'll be recruiting a little bit. I'll do what I can."

Samuel, who broke his fibula last month, said he has a week or two left in a boot and noted that he's well on the mend back to being able to play in spring ball.

"I'll be able to do some jogging soon," Samuel said. "They said I should be able to go for spring ball. I am so excited."

The electric 5-foot-8, 170-pound Samuel had offers from Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Florida State and a handful of other major programs, and had reportedly narrowed his list to South Carolina, Auburn and Florida State over the summer.

But he changed his mind, re-opened the recruiting process in late July and on Aug. 1 pulled the trigger for Louisville. Samuel, who can be a running back or slot receiver in college, gave the commitment to the U of L coaches during a campus visit.

A three-star prospect, Samuel is ranked as the No. 73 running back in the '15 class nationally. In 10 games as a senior, Samuel had 1,764 all-purpose yards including 861 yards rushing and 11 TDs and 553 yards receiving and three more scores.

Samuel had over 1,200 yards and 24 total TDs as a junior and finished his career with just over 4,000 all-purpose yards and 64 TDs.


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