Samuels Could Be An Option

With two defensive backs having de-committed from UCLA, UCLA could opt for a recruit like Lynwood cornerback Vachel Samuels. The 6-1, 190-pounder has scholarship offers from most of the Pac-10, and he wouldn't mind another from a school closer to home...

Lynwood (Calif.) cornerback Vachel Samuels (6-1, 190), the owner of a dozen schholarship offers, is in no rush to make a decision on college.

Samuels doesn't want to make a choice until he's had a chance to take some official visits this fall. His decision to wait could also allow the SoCal native a chance to garner offers from the two Los Angeles schools, USC and UCLA, who he's hoping will join the double-digit offer list.

With offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska, Boise State, Fresno State, Washington State and Stanford, Samuels doesn't lack for attention but, like most Los Angeles natives, the option of playing closer to home is attractive.

"I know UCLA has lost a couple of recruits at defensive back, so they could be getting more involved with me," said Samuels. "I was at their 1-Day Camp and I thought I did really well there. Coach (DeWayne) Walker said he likes me a lot. They had four (DB) commits when I was there, but now they've lost a couple. I'm going to get in touch with them. They have my transcripts and my film."

Meanwhile, the Trojans also are talking a close look at Samuels. "I just talked with Coach (Ken) Norton the other day and he said they are going to keep watching me. They wanted me to come up to their Rising Stars camp, but I only got up there for like an hour the last day. I like USC, too, so we'll see what happens," said Samuels.

But regardless of what the two hometown schools do, Samuels isn't worried about recruiting at this point. "Right now, it's about just playing ball, getting better, making my team better and improving. I don't worry about it too much because I'm focused on my senior season," said Samuels.

Samuels said he doesn't even have a favorite. "I don't even have a top five or top seven schools. Honestly, I'm considering everyone who's considering me," said Samuels. "It's too early to make my choice and I want to see what my options are after the season starts. I'll be interested in what happens with USC and UCLA, but if nothing happens, I still have some good options."

During his junior year, he had 60 tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups.

Academically, he has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.


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