June 22, 2010

Recruiting picking up for Fairhope OL

Fairhope (AL) offensive lineman Kyron Samuels currently holds just one early offer from East Carolina but after a strong showing at two recent camps, the recruiting attention is starting to pick up rapidly for the 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman.

"I'm starting to get a lot of interest from some more big time schools," Samuels said. "I've heard a lot recently from Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Florida State and LSU so things are really starting to pick up for me in terms of the attention I'm getting."

Samuels, the nephew of former Crimson Tide great Chris Samuels, recently spent time at camps hosted by both of the state's top programs and came away with strong feelings about both schools.

"I went to Auburn's camp earlier this month and then to Alabama's OL/DL camp last weekend."

"The Auburn camp was really cool. I know everyone says this but it really is like a family environment over there. They treat you like you're at home. I got a chance to talk to their coaches a good bit and they really asked me mostly about my personal life rather than football, which I thought was pretty cool."

Samuels' trip to his uncle's alma mater last weekend presented a very different atmosphere than the one he found on the plains.

"Alabama was great too but in a very different way. It was very intense and very pro style in the way they did sort of combine testing and one-on-one drills. It was definitely more intense in terms of the competition and the level of talent at the event. The coaches were really into it too and really out there motivating us and keeping our energy up."

"Later in the day, Coach Saban called me up to his office so he could talk to me and my parents. He was telling me that he really likes my potential as a player, the fact that I have quick feet and a good frame. He really sees me possibly developing into a center at the next level. He wants me to come up for a game this fall and even though Alabama hasn't offered me yet, he said I should continue to work hard and show what I'm capable of next season because they will be watching."

With a couple more camps on his schedule this summer, Samuels plans to continue on working to improve his game as well as his size and strength and hopes to continue to build recruiting momentum with another solid season this fall.

"I'm planning to go to the Southern Miss camp and I will also try to get down to Gainesville at some point this summer. I'm still going to continue playing at tackle this fall because that's where my high school team needs me the most but in my own time I will probably continue to work on the skills I'll need to become a center at the college level."

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