Commitment Analysis: CB Colin Samuel

Dec. 12 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting in the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly four-star cornerback Colin Samuel...

Profile: Colin Samuel
Position: Cornerback
Location: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds

Ranking: Ranked as a four-star and No. 40 CB in 2015 by Scout.

Recruiting: Chose UCLA over offers from schools like Boston College, Michigan, Mississippi State and Oklahoma.

The Scouting Report: Few players upped their stock this fall like Samuel. Transferring to Poly from Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany, Samuel was inserted into the Jackrabbits lineup opposite Iman Marshall, the West's top cornerback, and became sort of a 'pick your poison' option. With teams generally trying to avoid Marshall, they tested Samuel more and he was up to the task and his game, and the attention, soared. Samuel is long and lean, with room to keep adding more weight. He's improved his flexibility and looked really fluid this season. He's a good matchup against taller receivers, with the speed to stay with them, and should be able to battle for the ball with them. He will need to keep improving his speed for smaller, quicker receivers. Good instincts and active hands, Samuel will likely draw bigger receivers in college. In fact, it was his performance against Equanimeous St. Brown, a 6-5 receiver, where he locked him up, that really saw his recruitment take off.

Overall Analysis: First, Samuel's emergence this season shows there is still stock put into a recruits senior year. He had mostly Mountain West and mid-tier Power 5 offers going in to his senior season, though the transition from Alemany to Poly probably didn't help. But in his senior year, playing on a very good Poly team and for a good secondary, he really got to blossom and it showed in his recruitment. Just recently named a four-star by Scout, Samuel turned his senior season into one that made him a national recruit, with Oklahoma and Mississippi State throwing their name in the ring for him. In fact, Samuel visited Oklahoma last weekend before committing to the Bruins. His commmitment gives the Bruins a high-upside four-star corner for their depth. It also gives them a commitment from Poly, which is obviously a school you want to keep drawing recruits from. Samuel is by no means, a finished product. But he's got a lot of upside, yet still is showing that he's got a chance to contribute early. As he continues to fill out, he'll present a nice option at corner down the line, with the potential to even put more weight on and become a safety.

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