If Ricky Seals-Jones doesn’t opt to re-commit to Texas, what options do the Longhorns still have?
One is Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline). The three-star receiver considers Texas one of his six leaders, along with Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and USC.
There has been considerable speculation, though, that Samples’ offer from Texas had expired and that UT would no longer accept his pledge.
As far as Samples knows, that’s not the case. But receivers coach Darrell Wyatt made it clear in their past conversations that Texas’ window was closing soon.
“We had a long conversation after Jacorey Warrick committed. He told me my offer is still good and they wouldn’t pull my offer,” Samples said. “But he said they have numbers now and are almost to their limit, and if I’m making a decision I can call him and we’ll talk about it with Mack Brown.”
Samples nearly did commit to Texas during his junior day visit in February. In hindsight, he’s glad he held off on pulling the trigger. He needed more time to make a decision.
Texas coaches have continued to stay in touch with Samples, and he spoke with co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers in late May. Samples also hasn’t felt that the Texas staff backed off in its recruitment since he fractured his left fibula in March.
Samples reached out to Seals-Jones though Twitter on Tuesday night to offer his support, but he said the No. 1 receiver’s decision won’t be a factor in his interest in Texas.
“He has no effect on me,” Samples said. “He’s doing what’s best for him, and I’m doing what’s best for me.”
Due to his injury, Samples will not make it to Texas’ camp on Sunday. He’s expected to be cleared by doctors to resume football workouts on June 16.
He’s looking forward to getting back to work at The Opening in July, and he’ll try to approach the elite camp with a new perspective.
At the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp, he played with a serious chip on his shoulder. He wanted to show he deserved the hype and offers.
“I think that helped me get hurt,” he said. “I mean, I was up there skipping guys in line just to catch more balls. I still have that chip on my shoulder, but I’ll slow it down more. I know the camps aren’t the end of where I’m trying to go.”
And Samples will be ready for a decision by the time he gets to Oregon. He’ll trim his list of options down to three or four by then.
Samples said Texas is “about even” with his five other favorite schools, but there is one school that has shown more interest than the rest.
“I’d say Ohio State, they’ve showed me the most love,” Samples said. “I have a real good relationship with those coaches. I’m just weighing my options and thinking about what’s the best place for me.”