Samia Will Camp at UCLA

The Bruins will have the Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive lineman, Dru Samia, at their June Elite camp...

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia (6-5.5, 295), knew the Oakland NFTC would be a good opportunity for him to work with and against some friends and local rivals.

What he didn't expect was to win MVP for the offensive line nor see the last couple weeks of the evaluation period become much busier.

"Utah offered me after the camp and I've talked to a few more schools since then," said Samia. "I've made contact with Nebraska and talked to their O-Line coach and I've had a little contact with the Arizona schools and Colorado State coach. I've also talked with UCLA and USC too."

The NFTC performance gave Samia a big jolt of confidence.

"I feel like it helped a lot," said Samia. "I got to see how I matched up against the other offensive linemen in my area. The camp really isn't about who did the best in the last season but to see who's doing what now."

Samia plans to camp with the two Los Angeles schools in June.

"I know the camps I'm going to are the UCLA and the USC camps," said Samia.

UCLA came by during the evaluation period to check in on Samia.

"Coach Angus (McClure) from UCLA came by to check out a practice," said Samia. "He keeps hinting that if I get my grades up an offer could come. I saw their spring game but didn't get a chance to go to their campus so I will when I camp there."

Several schools came by in the past few weeks.

"UCLA, San Jose State, Nebraska, Utah, Washington State and Oregon State came by," said Samia.

Samia has offers from Cal, Washington State, Oregon State, Utah State, Utah, Weber State, San Jose State and Fresno State, with all offering as an offensive lineman.

"They all offered me as a lineman in general, but I prefer tackle," said Samia.

Samia said he's having a hard time reading schools on who could offer next.

"It's hard to say who could offer next," said Samia. "Some schools have said certain things that lead me to believe they are but some said they didn't want to lead me on. So I really don't know until they offer."

A handful of Pac-12 schools are showing him a good amount of interest.

"Cal and Washington State are sending me the most messages and Oregon State is sending me a lot of mail," said Samia. "Those three are recruiting me the most."

Cal, the hometown school, has been on him for a while.

"Coach (Zach) Yenser is recruiting me to Cal and its going good," said Samia.

Samia visited the four Pac-12 schools in the Northwest, though he didn't meet with coaches at Washington.

As for other camps, he'll camp at the All-Poly Camp in Utah and is likely participating in camps at Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State and potentially Arizona.

A decision isn't coming any time soon.

"My plan right now is to take it as slow as possible, and not make any impulsive decisions wherever I'm committing to," said Samia. "When I commit, I'm committing to a school and that's the deal.

And the visits will be key.

"The trips are definitely going to have to help me," said Samia. "I wasn't going to decide before the season though. I have some goals on the field and in the classroom and they have to happen before I think about college."

Samia said he's staying wide open.

"I have no favorite," said Samia. "I believe that if anything, as far as the recruiting process goes, it would be a top list before the season, but that would be the earliest I'd narrow it down. There are lot of schools who I have the same relationship with so I'm trying to keep them equal."

Samia scored a 1690 on the SAT and said he's improving his GPA. He said he's NCAA qualified.

"I'm just trying to get my grades up to show coaches I won't be an academic risk," said Samia.

At 295, Samia said he likes the added weight and thinks he can play this season even bigger.

"After the weight I added in the offseason, the 20 pounds I could still move," said Samia. "So I think 295-300 will work."

San Ramon Valley wraps up their spring practice this week.

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