According to Demarcus Cousins, a 6-foot-9 man-child from Birmingham, Alabama, Samuels has been talking up Louisville to him since arriving in Akron, Ohio.
"Louisville is a great school and has a great coach," Cousins said. "I'm starting to get influenced by Samardo Samuels. He's just been going around Louisville this, Louisville that. So I'm going to check it out (because) he's working on me."
While it's still early in his recruitment, Cousins does have an early favorite – the hometown UAB Blazers. While that's certainly good news for Mike Davis, it's far certain that where the nation's No. 2-rated prospect in the Class of 2009 will eventually land.
"I'm starting to get my top school list together," Cousins said. "UAB is at the top right now. North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Louisville and Memphis are also on the list." Cousins also mentioned Wake Forest.
How has UAB jumped to the top of a list that also includes heavy-weights like North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Louisville?
"I have a great relationship coach Mike Davis," Cousins said. "He's known me since I first started playing ball. He was like my first recruiter."
"We picked up our chemistry really quick during practice and we're playing real well together," Cousins said. "I want to better each part of my game, meet new people and develop my skills to another level this week."
Louisville coaches Steve Masiello and Walter McCarty tracked Cousins relentlessly during the camps first day. You can bet the Cardinals have made him a recruiting priority for their '09 class.
"I'm looking for a school that cares about me and not just about what I can bring to their school and their team," Cousins said. "And I'm looking for a good place to get my education."