Samuel has 'just great' visit at Louisville

Phenix City, Ala., Central High School playmaker Traveon Samuel, who has already signed with the University of Louisville, spent the weekend at U of L for his official visit. He recaps the visit with Cardinal Authority.

In just over a month, Phenix City, Ala., Central playmaker Traveon Samuel will be enrolled at the University of Louisville and starting his career as a Cardinal' football player.

On Sunday, Samuel wrapped up his official visit at U of L.

"It was just great," Samuel said. "I can't wait to get back here. I'm excited to be getting ready to officially be a Cardinal."

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.

On the visit, Samuel said he spoke with the coaches about the future and about his injury, which he said is "doing great." He'll begin school on Jan. 11.

"It's coming soon," he said.

Samuel said he didn't target any one of the other 10 official visitors to recruit but noted he "talked to a lot of guys. It was a good weekend."

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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