Most Important Newcomers: 7 Ra'Shaad Samples

Who are the youngsters from the Oklahoma State team - either a first-year player, a redshirt freshman or a transfer who has not played a regular role as a starter, backup who saw significant minutes or on special teams - capable of making significant contributions this fall? Robert Allen ranks the top 10 players in this feature. Check back daily to see the countdown from No. 10 to No. 1.

No. 7
Ra'Shaad Samples, WR
5-11, 170, Fr.
Dallas (Skyline), Texas

The wide receiver position is loaded for the Cowboys as Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore are both on the 2013 Biletnikoff watch list for this season. Then there are Charlie Moore, Blake Jackson, Austin Hays, David Glidden, Blake Webb, John Goodlett and Nick Rockwell.

There are more too, and not all are standouts, but the numbers are plenty at the position and the returning production is good. However, coaches will tell you there is always room for a "big time guy." There is always room for a game changer that can make huge plays.

Here is where we introduce you to Ra'Shaad Samples. His teammates met him earlier this summer and they were impressed -- from the quarterbacks to the other receivers to the defenders.

From his first metabolics practice (the football skills practices conducted by the quarterbacks and veteran players), Samples was showing he could get open, he could make the catch even when covered, and he could get away and make a big play into a really big play.

Samples decided at the beginning to pick on not a fellow freshman on defense but challenge senior speedster Justin Gilbert. The two even squared off in a 40-yard dash where Gilbert showed he was still the fastest player on the squad, but he said he admired the moxie that Samples showed.

What makes Samples so good, so ready to be an impact player as a freshman? It starts with being the son of a very successful high school coach. He has been pushed to know more, to work harder, to produce more because he was the coach's son. His dad, Skyline High School head coach Reginald Samples is a really good man that coached Dallas Lincoln to a state championship before moving to Skyline.

Physically, Samples has speed, strength for his size, but his best attribute is his body control. I compare it to Michael Irvin and previous Oklahoma State receiver Rashaun Woods. Samples can go up in the air and maneuver his body to shield the defender and make sure he is the one person with the chance to make the play. He is really unique in that ability.

He also has an electric personality that teammates envy, opponents loathe, and fans gravitate to. With the Mike Gundy rule on first year players not doing interviews and media opportunities, everyone will have to wait for that. However, I predict the big plays will precede his media exposure making the line for Samples first interview a long one.

I don't say this all that often but I have a feeling that Samples is going to be special.

Links to the previous stories:
No. 10 Brandon Sheperd
No. 9 Jhajuan Seales
No. 8 Vincent Taylor

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