May 16, 2010

Tide legacy hearing from UA

Fairhope (AL) offensive lineman Kyron Samuels made a strong impression as a sophomore, playing both guard and tackle for his high school team and dominating the competition from both spots. Now the 6-foot-2, 281-pound prospect is starting to receive some very early attention from programs around the South.

"So far East Carolina is my only offer but I'm hearing from a lot of other schools who are interested in watching me over the next season to see how I progress," Samuels said.

Among those schools showing Samuels some attention is the Alabama Crimson Tide, a school Samuels has a family connection to. Samuels is the nephew of former Alabama and NFL great Chris Samuels, who established himself in the late '90s as one of the greatest offensive linemen ever to suit up for the Tide.

"My family were all Alabama fans when I was growing up and I have always really loved Alabama too. I have always been a big Florida fan too but I would say I like both schools equally."

"I've been to Alabama several times already so I'm pretty familiar with the campus and the facilities and everything. I will be going to the OL-DL camp this summer there so that might give me a better opportunity to look around at the football facilities and to meet with some of the coaches in person."

Samuels said he began to receive interest from the Tide earlier this spring when his sophomore season game film began to make the rounds.

"Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt has talked to me a good bit and he said he really liked what I did last year. He said when I come down this summer I will have a chance to talk to Coach Pendry and Coach Saban. Coach Pruitt said they want to see how I work at center when I compete in the camp this summer because they think I could have real potential there. I play tackle for my high school but I know that's probably not where my future is as a college player."

While Samuels still has some maturing to do physically before he'll be ready for SEC play, the sophomore star has already impressed coaches with his mental maturity on and off the field.

"Coach Pruitt said they really like my attitude and my work ethic. They ask a lot of their players at Alabama and they expect you to work hard every day in practice and every snap during a game. I think if I continue to work hard, I can hopefully get an opportunity to play at a place like Alabama."

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