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
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."
Samuels Recaps Official Visit
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