Michigan welcomes all-purpose back O'Maury Samuels in the 2017 class.

Michigan welcomes all-purpose back O'Maury Samuels in the 2017 class.


His Recruiting Story

New Mexico? Yes, New Mexico. Not often does the state of New Mexico produce a national recruit but that's exactly what Samuels became in the 2017 recruiting class. Taking his talents to several different camps early in the process, camps he would excel at, Samuels caught the attention of many including Michigan. After visiting Ann Arbor and listening to the Wolverines plan, Samuels felt he could add a different dimension to the backfield for Jim Harbaugh.

Scouting Report

"Samuels is your classic power back. His game is between the tackles and in pads, where he shows a powerful running style and ability to be an every down back in college. He's got good quickness and cutback ability. A decent pass catcher too."

Why Michigan?

"Man, it was fantastic,” Samuels told The Michigan Insider. “I loved the atmosphere. I loved the people around there. I loved the area. Their facilities were just great. I got to communicate with some of the players. They were nice. They told me how (things are) run things there at Michigan. I really like it out there.  I got to talk to Coach Harbaugh and Coach Wheatley. We talked about how I could be their All-Purpose back for the 2017 class. They said they need one. So I was like, hey, they need me. Why not?”

“They’re going to have a scat back, and all-purpose back, and a power back.”

Bottom Line

After sticking with Michigan despite the departure of Tyrone Wheatley, the Wolverines did an adequate job of assuaging any concerns regarding the addition of Pep Hamilton and reassignment of Jay Harbaugh. At 5-foot-10, 188-pounds and boasting a 4.45 40 yard dash, Samuels should factor in in many different ways in Ann Arbor.

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