Most of Stanford Samuels’ flag football team visited LSU for its spring game Saturday, but the five-star cornerback had other plans.
Samuels, the nation’s No. 4 corner from Flanagan High School (Hollywood, Fla.), left Tuscaloosa impressed with the 76,212 fans that filled Bryant-Denny Stadium for A-Day.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” Samuels told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman at the LA Bootleggers Invitational in Covington, La. “They had around 70,000 fans at their spring game. It was very packed. Almost the entire city came out to the game. I hadn’t been to Alabama in a game day atmosphere, so getting a chance to see that was great.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is a Florida State legacy. His father, of the same name, played for the Seminoles from 1998-2002.
Most recruiting analysts believe he’ll follow in his father’s footsteps and commit to FSU when he does make a decision.One-hundred percent of recruiting experts believe he’ll choose the Seminoles, according to his 247Sports Crystal Ball
But after Saturday’s visit, Samuels said Alabama has improved its chances of landing him.
“I would definitely say that because the way (defensive coordinator Jeremy) Pruitt runs his defense — everyone is out there running to the ball and playing physical,” Samuels said. “It was pretty much the dominance of the defense that turned me on a lot.”
Samuels has a top four of Alabama, Georgia, FSU and Michigan. Despite his ties to Florida State, he was clear that each of his top schools is on level ground.
“I basically have put them all on an equal scale,” Samuels said. “Nobody has an edge right now. I am just basically judging them like it’s from day one.”
Of note, Samuels said out of the college football players he models his game after, he named two players — Derwin James and Jalen Ramsey. Two Seminoles.
The state of Florida’s No. 7 prospect said he plans on making his commitment in the coming months but no set date has been announced yet.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.