Samia Will Take Two More Trips

The Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley four-star offensive lineman, Dru Samia, will visit a Big 12 school and UCLA next week...

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia (6-5.5, 295), is hoping to wrap up his recruitment before he starts his senior year.

Before he decides, though, he has two more unofficial visits on the docket.

“I’m going to be visiting Oklahoma on August 7th and then I’m going to UCLA after that and will check out their practices,” said Samia. “The UCLA trip will be the last one on my plate before the season.”

The Bruins offered Samia in June but the Sooners haven’t yet.

“I’ve been talking with the offensive line coach at Oklahoma, Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh, and we’re really in the beginning stages and they’ve been putting the idea of Oklahoma in my mind. They want me to come and check out the school and maybe they’ll talk about the offer then.”

UCLA had Samia on campus for their Lineman Camp in June, and he’ll check them out one more time, before the end of the year.

“Coach (Angus) McClure has been recruiting me but I talk mostly with Coach (Adrian) Klemm too because he likes to talk to the position he recruits and coaches,” said Samia.

Samia said he doesn’t have a leader but that UCLA was one of the schools recruiting him the heaviest.

“UCLA is definitely on me more than others and will be one of the top schools I choose from,” said Samia. “But everyone is kind of even.”

At The Opening, Samia spent time with two UCLA lineman commits, Andre James and Fred Ulu-Perry.

“We’re all doing our own thing with recruiting, but it would be a great experience to play with them,” said Samia. “They’re great guys and great players.”

In fact, the overall experience at The Opening is one Samia said he’ll never forget.

“I can’t describe it,” said Samia. “The experience was so amazing. I received so much good coaching from Coach (LeCharles) Bentley and from guys like Trent Williams, Mike Iupati and Greg Robinson. It was a great experience and the competition was just amazing.”

Samia’s father is a Niners fan so Samia working with Iupati, a guard for San Francisco, was something he’ll not soon forget.

“It was the greatest because I met him at the Oakland NFTC and he recognized me at The Opening and we just talked a lot more in the process. He was great and he really helped me a lot with my guard technique. My dad was taking pictures of that and he’s show me ‘You see that, that’s a real lineman.”

While he worked at right tackle a lot in Beaverton, he also worked in at guard, and he says he’s open to playing that in college.

“I’ve more just gotten the idea of playing where the coaches put me. I play mostly right tackle but also played right guard. I’ve played tackle for the past two years but played guard as a freshman. I prefer tackle, but I’ll play anywhere,” said Samia.

Samia said going against some of the best defensive linemen in the country has helped prep him for his final season.

“When I was at guard, Terry Beckner was the best defensive tackle I went up against but at offensive tackle, it was Rasheem Green. As soon as he moved to defensive end, he was so tough,” said Samia.

Samia said that if he does end up committing before the end of the season, he’ll only visit where he commits.

“When I commit, the only visit I’ll take is to the school I’m committing to,” said Samia.

From lightly recruited to early on to where he’s at now, Samia said it’s been a dream come true.

“I've always dreamed of this and having a big recruitment,” said Samia. “To be able to choose where I’d go. But then I was going to also be happy with one offer. When I was a freshman, I was kind of looking at Zach Kline and hope I could reach getting to that level. It seemed so far away and unattainable. And now it’s here. It’s amazing. And hopefully some freshman sees me in the hall and can realize his dream too.”

Samia is eager to get back to work with his SRV teammates.

“Double days start on the 11th and then the season a couple weeks later,” said Samia. “Going to all these camps and seeing potential teammates and potential teams, it’s great to go back to my own team and lead them and perform with them.”

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