It's been a whirlwind tour for 2012 WR Samson Baldwin of J.L. Mann High School the past few months. The talented prospect has been on the road participating at some of the top camps in the southeast region and the results so far have been stellar. Being that Baldwin has done so well and is already looking like one of the top wide receiver prospects early on in the 2012 class he's already started to visit some colleges as of late too. Baldwin sat down with us to talk the very latest.
As stated previously Baldwin has been very active on the camp circuit and he talked about two of his most recent experiences.
"I went to the VTO Elite combine in Charlotte with Pat Martin. There was a lot of competition there. I learned some new technique on how to get off a jam on the line of scrimmage. I also went to the MVP camp in Atlanta. There were some pretty good receivers there too."
Asked which of the events he felt brought out the best competition he replied, "There was more competition at the VTO camp. There were a lot of guys out there with numerous offers and it showed."
Informed that many analysts are projecting him as a big time prospect in the 2012 class we asked Baldwin just how it made him feel.
"It makes me feel really excited for football season. I now want to show them what I can do in a real game situation."
Baldwin didn't do too bad last season as he came on and shined brightly for his J.L. Mann Patriots.
Given his success rate at various camps Baldwin has been on the road recently to check out a few campuses. "I've visited Furman and Clemson. The Furman coaches were really cool. That was the main thing that stood out to me about Furman. Clemson has a lot of tradition and take a lot of pride in their program."
In order to build more chemistry with his quarterback and teammates Baldwin has been participating in flag football this offseason and he talked about how it has benefited the team as a whole.
"We are doing pretty good. It's helping a lot with agility and footspeed. Me and my quarterback are building and even closer relationship on the football field. It's helping a lot by him being able to trust me to do my part when he needs me."
A couple of those teammates are big time prospects in the 2011 class, CB Calvin Caldwell and S Pat Martin. It's a duo that Baldwin faced everyday in practice and we asked him what it was like to battle that kind of talent on a daily basis.
"Yeah both of them are really good defensive backs. They go hard every play making me have to go right back at them."
"Calvin really knows a lot about football. He knows what to do in almost every situation when he's out there. Pat is really physical. I know that's really important for a defensive player and that's where he excels."
Baldwin will continue to hit the camp/combine circuit this offseason while continuing his workouts to prepare for his upcoming junior season. This year will mark the Patriots first season moving from AAA to AAAA play where they will play in the same region as national powerhouse Byrnes.
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