Notre Dame joined a list of more than 30 programs when it offered South Florida junior cornerback Stanford Samuels III on Sunday afternoon.
“I have been talking to the DB coach about twice a week for about a couple of months now,” Samuels said. “I think we have a pretty good relationship, and we’ve come to know each other some now. I think he felt comfortable offering me.”
Samuels said despite the rapport he’s developed with Todd Lyght that he’s unfamiliar with the Irish program.
“I really haven’t looked into them yet, so I’m really not sure, but I will now since I got the offer,” Samuels said. “The DB coach talks to me about my family and how they’re preparing for the bowl game.”
Samuels’ father, Stanford Samuels Jr., played defensive back at Florida State from 2000-2003. He now coaches his son as defensive coordinator at Pembroke Pines.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say Florida State is my favorite, but there’s a comfort zone when I’m there,” Samuels said.
Samuels plans to announce his commitment during the Under Armour All-America Game his senior year.
“I’ll be looking at early playing time, how I like being in the program for three to four years, and if I’m comfortable with the coaching staff and players on the team.”
Samuels won the Florida Class 8A state championship last week when Pembroke Pines defeated Osceola 26-7. Samuels had a 27-yard interception return for touchdown. On the season he had four interceptions and returned two of them for scores.
“Great feeling on winning it all,” Samuels said. “I would say a strength is that I talk a lot. I know how to get in my opponent’s head.”
Analyst’s take: “Samuels III is how you draw up big-time corners in today’s game. Size can be looked at as a strength or area for improvement because his length is off the charts, but he is thin, so he needs to add mass and strength. He gets his hands on a lot of passes and his recovery speed is a real strength. Not afraid to come up and make a play against the run. Very instinctive player, can bait the quarterback, and then make a play on the ball.” – Florida analyst Corey Bender
Recruitment note: “Florida State and Georgia have been out front for nearly a year, but FSU really solidified themselves as the No. 1 school once UGA parted ways with Mark Richt. Michigan is also heavily in the picture with three of his teammates (LB Devin Bush Jr., LB Devin Gil, S Josh Metellus) slated to sign with the Wolverines. Going to be tough to beat FSU when it's all said and done.” – Bender
Recruiter: Todd Lyght