Recruiting tests Carta-Samuels' patience

In what has been a hectic summer, Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Ca.) QB Austyn Carta-Samuels is finally seeing things return to normal. He's one of the top California quarterbacks that has yet to make a commitment to a school and he recently told the he is prepared to wait until the end of his senior season before he makes a decision.

"Things are great," Carta-Samuels told recently. "I've been working out with my team and I think we're going to have a great season this year. We have a really good team and we're set up to be pretty good again this year."

Last year, Carta-Samuels helped guide Bellarmine Prep to a 10-2 record and the second round of the playoffs and the Bells had a formidable rushing attack, so Carta-Samuels didn't put up huge numbers. However, he still managed to rush for over 250 yards and eight touchdowns while also amassing 1,171 yards and eight more scores through the air.

Even with those relatively meager numbers, schools from across the country have stepped forward with scholarship offers – Air Force, Purdue, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, and Utah – and two other schools have continued to recruit Carta-Samuels.

"I'm still talking to a few schools," Carta-Samuels said. "I tripped up to Washington to throw for them at their camp and I thought I did pretty well, but I guess they liked another guy a little better than me so they actually offered him.

"When we finally got in touch with the coaches, they basically told me that they thought I did well, but that the other guy (Keith Price) was a little more accurate than I was, so it is what it is. They also said I was by far second on their list and they would continue to keep an eye on me.

"I have no regrets about how I performed, the other guy, in their eyes at least, was better than I was and I can live with that. I won't make any excuses because I'm all about taking criticism and turning into improvement in areas where I might need it."

Carta-Samuels had planned to make his decision before the start of his senior season, but the self-assured gun-slinger said that is no longer the plan.

"Actually I started thinking about when I wanted to make my decision and I'm honestly not too worried about it right now," Carta-Samuels said. "A lot of other guys want to make their decisions before their senior year because they're worried they might have a bad senior year and a school might pull their offer, but honestly, and I'm not being cocky, but I honestly feel that I'm going to have a great senior season so I'm not worried about that at all.

"I just need to make sure I'm going to the place that fits me the best and I'll take my visits and then decide what I want to do after my season is over."

We'll continue to track Carta-Samuels' progress over the coming weeks and update things as they happen.

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