Samia recaps busy week of visits

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive tackle Dru Samia recaps visits to USC, Oregon, Washington State and Washington and discusses where he's going next.

It's been a busy, but successful week for Dru Samia. Both Oregon State and San Jose State offered the 6-foot-4, 275-pound San Ramon Valley offensive tackle, bringing his total to six. He also had the opportunity to check out several Pac-12 programs, including USC for their Spring Game over the weekend.

Amazed by the large crowd in attendance, Samia took in the game before getting his measurements taken by the Trojans staff, who made it known they want to see more of him.

"They want me to come down to their camp," Samia said. "If it works out with my schedule, I'm planning on coming down for their O-lineman camp in, I believe, the third weekend of June."

Prior to that, Samia visited Oregon over two days, arriving in Eugene on Thursday. Samia had been told by other recruits that the facilities were "futuristic". When he got to see everything for himself, he was hard pressed to disagree.

"I didn't believe them until I saw it firsthand," Samia said. "That place was very nice."

On Friday, Samia took in a spring practice.

"They were getting a lot of stuff done," Samia said. "Every period was five minutes, they all knew what they had to do, it was fast paced, they got a lot of stuff done and there was a lot of good chemistry on the field."

According to Samia, the only thing holding up an offer from the Ducks is his grades. He admitted his head wasn't in the game academically during his freshman and sophomore years, but he's vowing to turn that around going forward.

"I've been talking with my teachers," Samia said. "They've been hands on and very helpful. I'm just trying to get my work done, trying to raise my cumulative [GPA] and I'm taking the SAT as often as I can to get higher grade."

After his Oregon visit, Samia headed up to Washington. Without a contact up there, he toured the campus briefly on his own accord before heading to Washington State. The Cougars, who have offered Samia, did their best to make the junior feel at home.

"While I was there, I felt like I could come in and be part of the team," Samia said. "I felt the coaches really wanted me there."

Samia admitted he's not ready to name any favorites since more offers could roll in this spring. But he did say where he's headed to next.

"Right now I'm just trying to get a feel for the schools," Samia said. "I'm going to go down this Saturday to watch the UCLA Spring Game, so I'll get a chance to talk to the coaches there hopefully."

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