Samuels Is Back And Focused For Southwestern

After redshirting this past season while getting his academics in order, Southwestern OT OT Ray Samuels (6-5, 340) is back and ready to show everyone he can be the dominant prospect he was proving to be as a freshman for the Jags...

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Ray Samuels
Southwestern (Calif.)
  • OT
  • 6'5
  • 340

"I got in some trouble with my grades, so I got on academic probation and so I sat out last season and now everything is back to where it needs to be," Samuels told recently. "Now that everything is back on track, I am focused on having a great season and then moving on to my next school."

As a freshman in 2013, Samuels handled right tackle duties and he'll be out there for the Jaguars this season as well.

"I think some of the things I do best is pull and execute (his assignment) and I finish really well," Samuels said. "I am pretty equal in my pass and run-blocking. I feel I can handle both of them really well.

"I think I also handle my assignments really well. I have a lot of experience and I know what I need to do, what needs to be done and I know how to get it done."

Some of the things Samuels has concentrated on this offseason include losing some weight as well as getting more flexible.

"Taking the year off, I got a little heavier than I wanted to be," Samuels said. "I played as a freshman at 320 and that's where I'm trying to get to start my season. I can still do things pretty well, move and stuff like that, but I just felt much better around 320 and that's why I want to get back to that weight.

"I also want to get more flexible, so I have been stretching and doing different things to help me with that and I think that will really help me too."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Samuels has heard from several schools, but since he decided to return to Southwestern, most of that has stopped.

"I had some smaller schools after me to get out this spring, but I decided to return here to SWC and so I really am not sure who is interested right now," Samuels noted. "My coaches just say I to get ready for the season, stay focused on what I need to do and that stuff will all work itself out."

Samuels has been hard at work trying to get himself enough credits to leave in December, but if not at that time, then he will definitely be able to leave next May.

He will have two years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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