Profile: Dru Samia
Position: Offensive Lineman
Location: Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Weight: 295 pounds
Recruiting: Samia's recruitment came down to Oklahoma and UCLA and the Sooners had a very impressive rally in this one. Samia was a huge Bruin lean for months and was basically a silent commit prior to his visit to Norman. The lineman visited the OU campus just a couple of weeks ago and said he was blown away. Oklahoma offered on the visit and when Samia canceled a scheduled unofficial trip to UCLA a day after returning home from Norman, it was apparent momentum had clearly shifted to the Sooners. Friday night, Samia tweeted out his commitment calling it, 'the best day of his life.'
What to Like: Samia is a great looking prospect with a lot of upside. He has a great frame and is one of the most physical lineman in the region. He looks like a natural right tackle but could easily slide inside and play guard as well. He moves very well for a big man, has a great punch and has the perfect amount of nastiness. He's not content just blocking his man but looks to physically dominate him and put him in to the ground. Despite his aggressive mentality, Samia is a cerebral player who plays under control. He doesn't need to clutch and hold and always looks on balance. He has a strong lower body, long arms and just looks the part in every way.
Areas to improve: For Samia, like all lineman, the biggest area to keep working on his overall athleticism. He moves well but if he wants to stay as a tackle, he'll need to keep improving his lateral mobility and overall flexibility. He already plays with good leverage and knee bend but college speed rushers are a different animal.
Overall Analysis: This is a great pickup for the Sooners as Samia is a national recruit with the talent to play for anyone in the country. He's physical enough to step in and compete for playing time early in his career and talented enough to play on Sundays. OU has done an incredible job recruiting the West Coast and especially in California. To steal a player like Samia, after getting such a late start recruiting him is one of the biggest recruiting stories of the year so far.