Oregon State has always made the Hawaiian Islands a priority on the recruiting trail. The Polynesian community in Corvallis is one of the best that you will find on the west coast and their culture is reflective on the football team’s roster. Eight native Hawaiians and numerous other players of Polynesian descent are currently on the roster.
This year is no different as several athletes from the islands have already received early offers to join the Beavers’ program and more are expected in the near future. Samson Reed is one of those athletes who is being recruited by OSU but hasn’t yet received an offer.
“Coach Chad has been recruiting me for Oregon State. I don’t have an offer yet from them but he’s been texting me about the school and checking up to see how things are going for me. We talk weekly I’d say,” Reed told BeaverBlitz.
All of the schools recruiting the three-star athlete project him to play somewhere along the defensive line. So far, Reed has picked up offers from Hawaii, Washington State, San Diego State, Fresno State, BYU, and, most recently, UNLV. More programs have been in contact with him as well.
As he proceeds with the recruiting process, Samson has started to formulate an idea of what it is that he’s looking for in a potential college.
“I want to go to a place where I’m most comfortable at. No matter where I go, I will play football my hardest and study equally as hard. So a place where I’m comfortable is going to be important. I want it to be a little bit like home but I also want to be somewhere that can offer something different too.”
While recruiting continues to build up steam for the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, he is currently focused on his studies and getting ready for the upcoming football season this fall. As the spring turns to summer, his focus will shift to his recruitment as he looks to continue to familiarize himself with the programs recruiting him. A trip to the west coast to see some schools firsthand is planned for this summer.
“We’ve just been training for football right now and doing some camps. But this summer, we’re planning on taking some visits over to the mainland to see some schools. We haven’t figured out where we’d like to go yet, but hope to do so soon. Oregon State is a school that I would like to see.”