NFTC: Samia's MVP is Five Months in Coming

NFTC: Samia's MVP is Five Months in Coming

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Dru Samia takes home the OL MVP at the NFTC in Hayward, after preparing for five months for just this day alone, plus, VIDEO.



HAYWARD, Calif. -- Dru Samia has been waiting for Sunday ever since December. His every practice rep, every weight he's lifted, every hour he's spent training has been with Sunday in mind, and, after five months of preparation, he earned the NFTC Offensive Line MVP Award at the Chabot College-hosted event.

"I've been working hard, man," said the Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley offensive tackle. "Since the end of December, I've been just focused on this NIKE camp, and it's good to see my hard work paid off."

What exactly has Samia been doing?

"I've been working in the weight room, trying to get my strength up, especially my leg strength, because I felt like that was a weak point in my pass blocking," Samia said. "I also really worked on trying to stop the bull rush, which, I think I did alright today. I've also been working on the position with my uncle and my dad every weekend, and as often as I could, just working on my technique and making my kick step faster."

Samia was flat-out dominant all day on the line, particularly in one-on-one reps against some of the West Coast's top defensive ends.

"I felt like my hands were a lot more active than they usually are," Samia said. "I was grabbing on and I was being really violent with my hands, and my feet were really active, too, so those are my two best areas of improvement."

As far as recruiting, Samia has several new offers to report. After getting Washington State, California, Utah State and Weber State, Samia has recently added San Jose State, Oregon State and Fresno State.

"They're all looking about equal to me right now," Samia said. "The biggest ones are Cal and Wazzu, but they're all pretty much equal."

Samia took some time to talk specifically about his three Pac-12 offers.

Cal: "The Bears, of course, they're so close. They're the local team. They're connected to San Ramon through [former QB Zach] Kline and other athletes. Also, talking to a couple of the linemen like [Johnny] Capra, he's been down with Cal, so Cal's always popped up during this recruiting cycle. I'm always reminded of Cal being there."

Oregon State: "I got to work with coach [Mike] Cavanaugh last year at All-Poly in Utah, and that was really my first time getting to work with an offensive lineman coach, so it was cool seeing him when I went on my visit, knowing that this is the first coach that I've ever worked with, and I got to meet him again on his turf. It was nice. The facilities were nice, most like every college has nice facilities. Their practice was open, they were getting a lot of stuff done, it was up-tempo, and it was long. They were getting a lot of work in. It was a family atmosphere, so everyone was really friendly."

Washington State: "I spent an entire day there, upwards of 10-plus hours on the campus. I got to talk with coach [Mike] Leach, and I believe all the coaching staff, got through the school and the facilities. I like Wazzu. It's a nice school."

This week, San Diego State is coming to see Samia on Tuesday, with the Golden Bears (in the person of offensive line coach Zach Yenser) stopping by on Monday.

The Wolves start spring ball in one week.

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