Samuel Announces for UCLA

Dec. 9 -- Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Colin Samuel saw his stock soar in the last month after a strong run through the playoffs. Several offers came in including one from UCLA and on Tuesday, the corner decided to jump on it...

Colin Samuel is one of the region's top cover corners with a nice combination of length and athleticism. At 6-3, he's one of the taller corners in the country but runs well enough to stay at corner in college and has dramatically improved his overall flexibility and ability to play in space in the last year.

He was mostly hearing from a small handful of schools until the playoffs started and then all of a sudden, Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington State and Illinois all offered in about a two day span. The Bruins were the local favorite and Samuel decided to pull the trigger earlier today.

"I was ready to do it, the timing just felt right," Samuel said. "I always knew I would end up at UCLA once they offered, that's the dream school for me. I wanted to take some trips first and visited Oklahoma last weekend and liked it a lot. It was cool but I'm a Cali boy and being out there, I realized I wanted to stay closer to home.

"I have a great relationship with the UCLA coaches and especially Coach Martin. I like Coach Mora a lot and I'm excited to play for those guys. It's close to home, a great academic school and I think I'll have a chance to come in and play early hopefully. Right now, I feel a huge sense of relief, it was a little stressful not knowing what I was going to do but now I can just relax and look forward to college."

Samuel has come a long way in the last year and said he never envisioned things would blow up for him like they did.

"It all came out of nowhere," Samuel said. "I still remember getting my first offer and then just hoping more would come in. After the game with Servite, that's when everything started happening. I know I played pretty well against them and they have some good receivers and then out of the blue, I had all these offers.

"I'm done with the process now and won't be taking any other trips except to UCLA. I don't have a date there but it will probably be in January. I'm definitely planning to try and get a couple of my teammates to come with me. I'm close with Joseph Wicker and 'Biggie' (Iman Marshall) so I'll be in their ear for sure. It would be great to get a little Poly pipeline going in to UCLA and I know both guys have strong interest so we'll see what happens."

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