Samuel also competed in the discus, where he finished sixth. His 130-foot-9 throw was well short of his personal best (144-7).
"In discus, I completely and literally choked," Samuel said with a laugh. "I was supposed to come in third or second or something like that."
Following FPD's loss in the first round of the GHSA A Private football playoffs, Samuel joined the basketball team. Despite not playing since his freshman year, he was named to the all-region team. His best performance occurred on senior night against Fairburn (Ga.) Landmark Christian when he posted a double-double (22 points and 18 rebounds).
"My school really needed a big man and it was senior year, so I figured if I didn't play basketball I wasn't going to ever play it again organizationally," Samuel said. "It kept me in shape. It kept my footwork."
Basketball season ended around Signing Day and track practices were flexible, thus Samuel was able to follow the workout packet that UNC sent him unimpeded.
"It's a really good regimen for incoming freshman, I think," Samuel said. "I've gotten back to the strength I was prior to basketball. I've gained like 20-25 pounds since the end of basketball season, but I can move just as well."
Samuel says that he is tipping the scales at 280 pounds right now. At Fedora's Freak Show, the 6-foot-6 lineman checked in at 265 pounds. He says he began the football season at 275 but slimmed down as the season went on because of his workload (starting both ways, plus special teams).
"Coach [Chris Kapilovic] wanted me at 275," Samuel said. "So being 280 and able to run, I feel like I'm in good shape."
Since offensive linemen typically red-shirt their freshmen seasons and Samuel has only played offensive tackle for one season, he is a prime red-shirt candidate.
"I'm not really thinking about that," Samuel said. "If I get red-shirted, that's a decision that [Kapilovic] is going to make. It doesn't bother me either way it goes, because I trust him. I'm going to work as hard as I can when I get up there no matter what."
During a recent conversation, Kapilovic gave Samuel several jersey number options. Samuel selected No. 67.
"Out of the options he gave me, I just thought that was the best option," Samuel said. "All the 70s were gone and I wanted a number in the 70s."
Samuel, who is qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse, has already graduated from FPD. He'll begin moving into his dorm – which he's sharing with Jared Cohen, Avery Edwards, and Tyler Powell – on June 15.
"It's a weird feeling knowing that high school's completely done," Samuel said. "But it's also a good feeling because I have the whole college experience in front of me. I'm excited, but it's kind of bittersweet."
Samuel is unsure on a major, but is leaning towards exercise and sports science.