ESPNU 150 Watch List wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline) never thought he’d be one of those players who would balance dozens of offers. All he wanted was a few offers and the chance to participate in an elite all-star game.
As March approaches its final week, Samples not only is entertaining more than 30 offers – his latest being USC on Thursday – but also is still on a high after receiving and accepting the invitation to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.
“It’s crazy, man. That’s all I can say,” Samples said. “It’s a blessing. It’s getting crazy, but I’m still working hard over here.”
Samples said receivers coach Tee Martin is his primary contact at USC. He had the chance to speak with head coach Lane Kiffin, who extended the offer early Thursday evening.
Samples caught 65 passes for 1,369 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2011, leading Skyline to the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals. He is balancing offers from coast to coast, and he’s expected to pull even more once the spring season progresses.
Samples will be at Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility in Irving, Texas.
“I’m looking to get some work in and compete against the best there,” Samples said. “Hopefully, I’ll get to improve more on my technique and just go out and have some fun.”