Playing for the Byrnes Rebels their players always seem to face some of the best competition from around the area and from out-of-state each year. The Rebels coaching staff usually has at least one or two games against some top teams from neighboring states in order to help ready their team for a tough region schedule in hopes of winning another state championship.
This year their defense has been one of their strongest in recent memory and "The Strike Force" secondary has a play maker in junior cornerback Shane Samuels. The 2013 prospect has been sensational picking off a number of passes this year and last year as a sophomore. We caught up with Samuels as he's got the skills to play D1 ball.
Last year Samuels was a prospect we watched closely and he had a strong sophomore campaign for his team.
"I had 36 tackles, 6 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, and 10 pass break ups," Samuels said.
The 5'8 164 pound corner is at it again in 2011. Prior to the Rebels win over J.L. Mann this past Friday Samuels had 5 interceptions on the season. The interesting fact is that Samuels returned 4 of those interceptions for touchdowns. His ability to take those picks to the house showcases his abilities to be an electric returner.
Samuels told us, "Everytime I tough the ball I'm thinking touchdown."
Two weeks ago Samuels had 2 interceptions against Riverside and returned both of them for touchdowns. One for 63 yards and the other for 70 yards.
To this point Samuels says he has yet to hear from any colleges but he told us a number of schools that he'd like to hear from in the near future.
Samuels has the confidence you love in a cornerback but his play on the field exudes it in a big way. He obviously isn't the biggest corner out there but he knows what his strengths are and what he's capable of. He also told us what areas of his game he'll continue to strengthen this off season to showcase his talents to college coaches on the camp and combine circuit.
"Right now my coverage ability, being a sure tackler, and reading the offense are my biggest strengths on the field."
"I always try to improve my coverage skills by being able to read a receivers hips, which will help me break on passes before he is able to."
Samuels says his goal for this year is to break the school record for interceptions in a season.
As stated before Samuels and the Rebels always face tough competition and he talked about his toughest opponent ever and his best game as well.
"Charone Peake by far is the best receiver I have ever faced. He was a versatile receiver with his strength, speed, and height which made him a challenging receiver to guard."
"My best game I believe was the game against Boiling Springs last year. I had 5 tackles an 3 pass break ups. What made it so memorable was this game I had my first interception that I returned for a touchdown."
Samuels helped the Rebels win another state championship last year and many skeptics doubted the Rebels last year. Proving those naysayers wrong is something that he and his teammates took pride in.
"I felt great because I knew that a lot of people doubted us, and our coaching staff and us as players always knew that we could be successful."
The 2013 prospect already has a strong idea of what factors he'll take into consideration when choosing a college. He said that education, graduation rates, defensive scheme, coaching staff, atmosphere, and facilities will play a major role for his decision making process.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Shane Samuels as we expect his recruitment to pick up in a big way over the next few months heading into next summer.
A CLOSER LOOK...SHANE SAMUELS
Favorite food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite subject in school: Science
Favorite movie: Blind Side
Favorite music artist: Lil Wayne
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Watching ESPN
Player you try to pattern your game after: Deion Sanders
Dream school/college: Oregon
What 2 people in the world would you like to meet one day? Deion Sanders and LeBron James