During Kingsway’s 5-5 run for the 2015 season, junior prospect Sean Samuels staked his claim as one of the top running backs in the state of New Jersey for the 2017 class. Standing at 6-foot and 190 pounds, Samuels is a dynamic running back that has the speed to beat defenders to the edge and turn upfield in a blur.
Many schools have already recruited Samuels and the junior spoke about the state of his recruiting affairs.
“I’ve been getting lot of phone calls from D-I colleges like Old Dominion, Temple, Pitt and West Virginia,” Samuels told Today’s U. “At first I was really interested in Army, then I got a phone call while I was at school saying coach [Dale] Pehrson, the defensive coordinator from Navy called me and said he had something to talk to me about. When I got out of school, I called him and he said you have a full scholarship offer. That was my first offer.”
Two weeks after that, Samuels added another offer, this time from Army. Throughout the process, Samuels has already taken unofficial visits to both programs and recalled his time at both schools.
“I’ve been to both,” Samuels said. “At Navy, I thought it was a great experience. I can see myself being at that school in the future. It was great. I went to the game. It was a great game. It was a great team overall.”
For the last several years, Samuels has operated in an offense very similar to what Navy runs. That detail was clear to the junior and his visit and served as a positive in the Midshipmen’s favor.
“I’ve been playing winged-T all my life,” Samuels said. “This is the first time I’ve played in the spread this year. That’s the offense I’m used to, so that’s somewhere I can see myself going.”
Samuels says that he also had a positive trip to Army. The speedy running back touched on his visit to Army’s campus and broke down the prevailing difference between Army and Navy.
“My visit was pretty good as well,” Samuels said. “There were a few things I saw that were different from Army and Navy. It was a pretty good visit. What stood out was Army is a developing program and Navy is already established.”
Samuels says he also wants to visit Old Dominion, Pitt and Temple this offseason, which has already started since Samuels’ team lost in the first round of the playoffs after going 5-5 on the season.
“I think the season went pretty well,” Samuels said. “There are a few aspects that I think I could have done better, but I think it went pretty well based on my bounce back. I had an injury when I tore up my knee last year, but I made it back.”
Although Samuels tips the scales at just under 200 pounds, the quick halfback has shown his ability to avoid tackles and kick into a second gear that leaves many reaching for air.
“I’m more of a speed back, but I have a little bit of power with me as well,” Samuels said.
Look for the junior running back to continue working on his skills this offseason.