February 16, 2012

Buckeyes offer lone star receiver

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Ohio State's national search for big-time playmakers at the wide receiver position continues as the Buckeyes offered a four-star prospect out of the Lone Star state on Wednesday. Dallas (Tex.) Skyline product Ra'Shaad Samples is the latest out-of-state star to be targeted by the Ohio State coaching staff. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect holds nearly 25 verbal offers already.

"Yeah, I talked to Urban Meyer today and he offered me," said Samples. "He just told me that they watched my highlight tape and they were blown away and that I'm a top receiver target. Coach Urban Meyer said he really likes me a lot and he wanted to know if I was serious about Ohio State, just things like that."

With so many offers to his credit at this early stage, Samples is just keeping an open mind about the schools that are recruiting him.

"I just told (Meyer) that I'm still open and looking at schools right now," he said. "I like what he does with receivers."

The Ohio State offer is just another big one in the ever-growing list of schools to enter the mix for one of Texas' top prospects.

"It's a great feeling, I'm just really blessed," he said. "I've got a really good receivers coach and he really helps me develop myself as a player. Then I have my dad and he helps me a lot, I'm really just trying to take it slow and keep working hard."

Skyline High School is no stranger to big-time receivers, the school produces several Division I prospects every year and has been on a great run recently at the wide receiver position.

"I'm definitely trying to carry the tradition," Samples said. "We've had great receivers at Skyline, we've had Mike Davis, Joe Powell, Thomas Johnson, Da'Jon McKnight, so I'm just trying to be the next one so we keep putting out the receivers at Skyline."

Samples said he was unsure if he would be able to make a trip up to Columbus but will likely be checking out some Big 12 programs in the next few weeks.

"I've been to Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU," he said. "I had plans to go to Alabama but my sister is having surgery so I don't think that's going to work out. I'm going to try to go to Oklahoma State and on the 25th (of February) I'm pretty sure I'm going to Lubbock (Texas Tech)."

Samples is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 191 player in the nation by Rivals.com.


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