ORLANDO, Fla. -- Four-star 2017 CB Stanford Samuels III has long been considered a Florida State-Georgia lean in his recruitment. And while that may be the case, Michigan has definitely caught his interest as of late with the commitment of his fellow teammates out of Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charles W. Flanagan High.
His teammates, of course, being Devin Bush Jr., Devin Gil and Josh Mettellus, who are all part of U-M’s 2016 class.
“Michigan offer came I believe a little while ago,” Samuels said. “My initial thoughts on the program, is that it’s a program on the rise. There was having a little bit of success early on in the season with all the victories they have. Now, they have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. So now it’s a lot of eyes on them. They have a couple of my boys committed and going up there.
“So they will definitely get a look.”
And a big bonus of being recruited by Michigan, is knowing people in the program that can give you an “inside scoop,” says Samuels.
“Just getting an inside scoop, man,” he said. “To have the advice on the school from those guys on their college experience and know how it is up at Michigan, if I do decide to go there. Just knowing that I will already know what is going on up there and some of the things that they do.”
Samuels says he stays in consistent talks with Michigan recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge and secondary coach Greg Jackson on weekly basis. And admits, the U-M coaches have given him a clear message in his recruitment.
“Help build a dynasty and come join my up at Michigan,” he said. “Just along those lines.”
Next up for Samuels is trip up to Michigan possibly this summer, he says.
“I am definitely trying to get a trip up there,” he said. “I haven’t been to Michigan. So I would just like to see the campus. Just see everything pretty much. I’ve never been to Michigan at all.”
When he finally does arrive In Ann Arbor, Samuels says he wants to have a chance to sit down with Michigan headman himself, Jim Harbaugh.
“He’s an NFL guy, so whatever he has to say,” Samuels says of Harbaugh. “He knows how to win. He’s always been a winning coach. So whatever he has to say, I’m all ears and I’m listening.”
Along with the Wolverines, Samuels also holds notable offers from Florida State, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama. He also notes he will be visiting Georgia and Florida State in the near future.