The only thing that really held Josh Samuel back last season were injuries. The 5'11 200 pound prospect will play at running back and safety for coach Brian Strickland's Patriots and anxious to show everyone he's ready to emerge to the forefront is Samuel. So far this off season he's attended quite a few camps and he's shown extremely well.
"I went to camp at Clemson and it was pretty good. I like the coaching staff and it was very organized. It's a great organization to be apart of."
So what did the Tigers say to Samuel?
"Coach Elliott the offensive coordinator and running backs coach told me to keep working and keep doing what I do because I have the talent and the skills to play at the highest level."
"I haven't really heard from any other schools because what put me back was my collarbone injury last year."
The 2017 prospect is now looking to have a big junior season so he can have film to show college coaches what he can do on the field. He talked about what he's really been keying on this off season to get better.
"Really I can improve on everything. I'm already a terrific athlete, I know that's my opinion but I feel like I really work that hard but there is always room for improvement. I run about a 4.5 40 yard dash, have about a 38 to 39 inch vertical, and run a 4.2 shuttle. I really can improve on all aspects of the game but one thing I can say is that I want to keep on improving is my strength and speed. I just love to be that triple threat on the field you know."
Samuel was spot on in our opinion concerning his athleticism. He's got freakish type testing numbers considering his age and it would appear that all he's waiting on is to produce the numbers and plays on film so that his recruitment will likely take off in a hurry. He talked about what he feels are his biggest strengths at both running back and safety.
"At running back I'd say my vision and my capability to run downhill. I'm a versatile back I can do almost everything on the field. I'm also very physical."
"At safety or linebacker I'm able to notice what the offense is doing as far as routes before they actually do it. I'm very good with my awareness on the field. I have very good technique and I put myself in good position to make interceptions."
With that said we asked the 2017 prospect if he has a preference of one position over the other at this point?
"I prefer running back over the defensive side of the ball on the field but at this point I'm willing to play wherever a college coaches wants to put me on the field and excel at it because I love the game of football."
The 2017 prospect shared a player that he tries to pattern his game after with us too.
"I like to modle my game after Bo Jackson because he was explosive, fast, and mainly could use the physical part of the game."
Samuel talked about the schools he'd like to hear more from once he starts to compile some solid film come early next season.
"Alabama is my favorite college football team but the schools I would like to from mainly are Clemson because of what I showed at camp. Others would be Georgia, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, and some more teams in the ACC and SEC. I would also like to hear from some teams out west."
Looking ahead Samuel says he will consider getting a good education, coaching staff, school environment, and tradition as key factors in his decision making process.
We'll continue to follow Josh Samuel's recruitment as he has all the makings of a potential star in the 2017 class. For now check out some of his testing measurables below and find out how to follow us on Twitter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JOSH SAMUEL
Bench press: 325 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.5 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.2 seconds
Vertical: 38 inches