Samples Solid, Waiting To Visit On Jan. 19

The bad aspect of having a solid class of commitments waiting on signing day is about all that can happen to a committed player who is targeted by another school that wants to take a shot at picking him off. That creates a stir among that school's fans. Imagine the stir that could be created when a school pursues standout wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples of Dallas (Skyline), Texas.

The speedy Samples, who has amazing body control similar to former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin or former OSU Cowboy Rashaun Woods, finished up his season last week in a quarterfinal playoff loss to Allen 37-17.

Samples had four receptions for 40 yards as he was doubled by the Allen secondary. On the season, he finished with 62 catches for 1,072 yards and 23 touchdowns.

This week there were reports that former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who has migrated to Kentucky to do the same task, is checking on Samples and any possible interest in Kentucky.

"That Kentucky stuff, I've been in touch with Coach Brown and I stayed pretty solid with him even after I committed to Oklahoma State. We always talk and he would send me letters and after watching tape would tell me things I could do better," said Samples.

"I'm solid. I'm 100 percent on Oklahoma State. Coach (Todd) Monken left and that got my attention, but as long as Coach (Kasey) Dunn is there, he is my receivers coach and I've bonded with him."

As for falling out of the playoffs after going all the way to the quarterfinals, Samples said he's okay.

"I'm doing really good, working out," he said. "I'll go to the DeSoto-Allen game (on Saturday). Normally, when I was a sophomore and a junior when we were eliminated I didn't want to see any other football, just get ready for next year. This time I will go see it. I'm going to play Oklahoma State football, so I want to go see the other guys play."

Another Oklahoma State commitment in cornerback Taylor Lewis plays for the DeSoto Eagles.

Samples also said he saw the Go Pokes Magazine he was featured in. He was on the cover as another in the long line of coach's sons recruited to play at Oklahoma State.

"I really liked reading the other kid's stories," said Samples of the other players and prospects featured in December issue.

Samples said next on his recruiting agenda is an official visit to Oklahoma State on Jan. 18.


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