Included in that group are OU coaches Bob Stoops, Jerry Montgomery and Bill Bedenbaugh. Despite a great unofficial visit to campus two weeks before his announcement, the OU coaches were pretty sure he was headed to UCLA.
“When I called to tell them Friday, they were pretty surprised,” Samia said. “They thought I was a UCLA guy. But they were really happy.”
The addition of Samia gives OU four offensive linemen for its class, a class that gets OU fans more excited by the day.
There has been some speculation as to where Samia, a four-star prospect, is going to play, but Samia was pretty adamant in saying the Sooners see him as a right tackle.
About a month ago it looked like Bedenbaugh was going to have one heck of a time trying to find six guys for the offensive line class. Now it’s looking like he’s going to have to turn down players because there’s no room.
Samia fully admits he was a strong UCLA lean heading into the visit, but he was blown away by his one day in Norman. Samia interacted a lot with Nila Kasitati, who has a cousin that is married to Samia’s uncle.
The visit was also the first time Samia interacted with Bedenbaugh in person. Bedenbaugh tried really hard in the summer to explain to Samia what life is like at OU. Describing it on the phone is one thing, but seeing it in person was completely another.
“I went (to OU) to see if I was 100 percent (to UCLA),” Samia said. “After the visit, I knew I needed a little bit of time to figure things out.”
Samia had a self-imposed deadline of Aug. 22 for his decision. And it just happened to be the Sooners on that date.
Samia and Cody Ford both bring about the versatility to play both guard and tackle, while it’s clear Barnett and Wariboko are both guards.
As for his recruitment, Samia said he is done. He’ll set up one official visit and that’s to return to Norman. And that’s it.