Samples: "The Offers Will Come"

One player that UCLA will definitely be watching this fall high school football season is defensive back prospect <b>Michael Samples</b> from Long Beach Cabrillo. He gives us an update on his recruitment...

Still in its first decade as a school, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo hasn't had a long legacy of churning out Division I recruits, at least not when compared to neighbor schools like Long Beach Poly or Long Beach Jordan.

Free safety Michael Samples (6-0 ½, 192) is trying to change that.

Samples said, "We're still a young school. We were the first team to make the playoffs last year from our school, and we went the farthest in State for track. I'm trying to leave the school with some good things."

Samples is also trying to earn that elusive first offer, which he has yet to receive, though he knows that it could come early on in his season.

"At this point, I'm still waiting for it. But I know it will come when the season starts. They'll come," said Samples.

Samples had indicated previously that UCLA was his favorite, but he now says he has a pretty even group of six schools that he likes, all of which have hinted at offering Samples a scholarship.

"Oregon, UCLA, Washington State, USC, Colorado and Arizona. All those schools I like. I am hearing from each of them, and they all could offer."

Samples had 78 solo tackles and 50 assisted tackles last year for Cabrillo with 3 picks, but he said to expect more from him this year. "I did alright at the Nike Camp. I was still in track shape. But when I put the pads back on this year, coaches will notice. I did really well at the SC (2-day) Camp. Everyone looks at the camps though. Wait until I get between the lines."

A physical, hitting safety, Samples patterns himself after fellow Long Beach native Mark Carrier, the current Arizona State defensive back coach. "People tell me I play like Mark Carrier. That's a good complimentl," he said.

While he would prefer to take his visits, Samples said if he felt the time was right, he would "pull the trigger."

For now, he plans to be in heavy preparation for the season. "If you think too much, you mess up, so I am not going to think about scholarship offers, I am going to think about winning for my team."

Having a 3.17 GPA, Samples also has an 880 on his SAT, which is good enough to pass NCAA standards, but he plans to take it again in October. "I'm already all signed up. I'm going to spend a lot of time in the career center this year. I don't want any surprises. I am going to be eligible right away."

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