Freshman Dru Samia standing out for OU

Tackle has impressed position coach and senior left tackle

True freshman offensive tackle Dru Samia might not have been the highest-rated in the class, but he’s certainly living up to his four-star rating just a few days into the start of 2015 preseason camp.

Most freshman struggle with the physical adjustment and an increase in the importance of preparing mentally, but Samia hasn’t seemed too troubled by it.

“For a true freshman, he’s handle it as well as anyone I’ve been around,” Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said.

Bedenbaugh isn’t the only one impressed with the freshman, who is the second-highest rated tackle commit in the past eight years – best only by fellow 2015 commit Bobby Evans, who was in full pads Monday despite tearing his ACL last season at Allen High School.

Starting left tackle Josiah St. John had some high praise.

“Mark my words: The next top tackle is probably going to be Dru Samia,” St. John said. “I’ve never seen a freshman come in like that and attack the playbook and attack the technique like he does.

“. . . I saw him move from the middle of the meeting room to the front row. He really wants it right now, and I can really see it.”

With the suspension of redshirt freshman tackle Kenyon Frison, Samia might have a chance to earn playing time as a true freshman if he continues to impress.


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