Wake Forest the latest to offer

Dan Samuelson, an offensive lineman from Plymouth, Ind., received his sixth FBS offer last week when speaking on the phone with the Wake Forest staff. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder became a starter last season at right guard at in northern Indiana and delivered a solid performance that has many college recruiters excited.

"Wyoming offered me in the spring of my sophomore year," said Dan Samuelson. "My second offer came from Bowling Green in February. That was followed by offers from Illinois, Pittsburgh, Western Michigan, and then Wake Forest last Monday.

"I was on the phone with Coach Himebauch, the offensive line coach at Wake Forest. He said they could obviously see that I was a good football player. He liked the way I block.

"After speaking with me for 30 minutes he decided to offer me. He said he could tell from talking to him I was the type of young man they wanted to recruit and thought I'd be coachable."

Samuelson admits he still has a lot to learn about the Demon Deacon program, but knows about their 2006 team from a feature film.

"Most of what I know about Wake Forest is from watching the movie ‘The 5th Quarter'," Samuelson stated. "I'm hoping to make a visit [to campus] with the next few months.

"This summer I'd like to see between five and 10 schools and make my decision based on what I see and learn on those visits. I'd like to have a decision made by mid-August, but it may be sooner or even later than that."

Since he lives in Big Ten territory, Samuelson is receiving a lot of attention for Big Ten and MAC colleges. He's also heard from Iowa State and Joey Orck at Vanderbilt.

"I've been getting attention from Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, and Iowa," said Samuelson. "I'll probably go to two camps over the summer to the two that seem most interested and close to offering me.

"I want to see which [colleges] need offensive linemen. If they're only going to take one in this class, I probably won't try as hard to make their camp or visit. I'd like to play for coaches who I enjoy being around, but if they leave I still have to like the school and where I'm at. I'm very open though as far as location."

This was Samuelson's second year on varsity, but first as a starter for the Plymouth Pilgrams. He says playing every down helped immensely in his development as a player.

"I started every game at right guard," Samuelson said. "I had 30 pancakes and only allowed two solo tackles on the quarterback. I felt like my run blocking got stronger as the season went along. I was able to get past the defensive tackles and up to the linebackers to lock on them allowing my running back to shoot through the hole. My knowledge of game improved. I have a better understanding of how it works and what I'm supposed to be doing on the field."

Samuelson is a two-sport athlete at Plymouth. He's currently throwing shot put and discus in track and field. He reports a 3.5 GPA and says he would like to study Energy Conservation while in college.

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