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Monday, January 14, 2013
OSU commit talks UK visit, Cowboys

By Damon Sayles

After a productive weekend visit, ESPN 300 wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline) has fans from two schools wondering which way he’s leaning.

Samples, who has said multiple times he’s a solid Oklahoma State commit, returned to Dallas on Sunday from an official visit to Kentucky and said he thoroughly enjoyed Lexington, Ky. More importantly, Samples said he enjoyed the fans.

“It’s just not a basketball school there. They love their football, too,” Samples said. “It was really fun. They’ve got some crazy fans, and the players were nice, too.”

A 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver, Samples -- who was hosted by running back Josh Clemons -- said he made the trip because of new offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who accepted the position last month after serving as the offensive coordinator for Texas Tech.

“I’ve known Coach Brown for a while,” Samples said. “He was the one who was the main reason why I took the visit.”

What’s next on tap for Samples is a trip Oklahoma State -- and the chance for the program to put an exclamation mark on what many once thought was a closed process. Samples will visit Oklahoma State on Friday, and if he chooses to take one visit before next month’s signing day, he said he will look into visiting either Ohio State or Texas the weekend of Jan. 25.

As for his upcoming Oklahoma State visit, the objective is simple: To have fun and see the town again.

“I haven’t been there in a while,” Samples said. “I’m just looking for some reassurance. When I get there, I want to know that’s the right place for me.”

Ranked No. 168 in the ESPN 300, Samples finished his senior year with 62 catches for 1,072 yards and 23 touchdowns. He helped Skyline advance to the Texas Class 5A Division I semifinals as a junior and the Division I quarterfinals as a senior.

Samples is ranked No. 19 among receivers nationally and No. 20 among the players in Texas in the class of 2013.