Samuels Recaps Official Visit

NC State commitment Jaylen Samuels talks about his recent official visit, and how he expects to help this season.

After a solid performance at NC State's camp last summer, the Wolfpack coaching staff knew they were getting a talented football player in Mallard Creek athlete Jaylen Samuels. They probably never imagined he'd go on to become arguably the state's most productive offensive player.

When all was said and done, Samuels had amassed 1,404 yards rushing on 109 carries and an eye-popping 39 touchdowns. He also hauled in 49 passes for 932 yards and another 16 scores. In all, Samuels scored a touchdown every 2.8 times he touched the ball.

Capping it all off was a stellar performance in the state championship game held at Carter-Finley Stadium. Samuels rushed for 99 yards while adding five catches for 114 yards and five total touchdowns en route to MVP honors.

Although he has visited State several times, Samuels finally had a chance to make his official visit to NC State this past weekend. He told about the trip with Pack Pride on Sunday evening.

"It was different (than the other visits to State). I just experienced a lot of different things. I got to go out with some of the players and stuff so that was nice. They showed me around and how college would be. It seemed fun. I liked it.

"Bo Hines hosted me. I kind of hung out with Jack Tocho a lot too because I know him. I also spent some time with Tony Adams.

"They were just telling me how it's fun but how they're working hard in the weight room and still grinding so they can have a good season this year."

At 6-0, 225 pounds Samuels has shown that he could line up at running back, receiver, tight end or H-Back. He's done a little bit of everything during his high school career and the Wolfpack coaches have hinted that they expect that to continue.

"I'm going to be doing a lot of the same things I did in high school. I'll be catching the ball, running the ball, blocking at times. I know I'll definitely get some time at running back, but I'll be getting some time in a lot of different spots.

With football over, Samuels said he'll be focused on being in the best shape possible when he arrives in Raleigh this summer.

"I'm just working hard in the weight room and staying in shape. I'm probably going to run track this spring."

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