Vachel Samuels, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Lynwood, Calif., finished his junior season with 60 tackles, two fumbles caused and one sack. He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 495 and claims a 37-inch vertical jump.
"I can press man and jam," Samuels said. "I have good technique and can tackle. I'm very physical and feisty. I play hard, but I still want to improve on my cover skills. I want to break on the ball better."
Samuels claims to have scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington State, Boise State and Fresno State.
"I haven't really narrowed things down yet," he said. "I'd really like to take all five of my visits because I want to make sure I feel at home. I also want to have a chance to play early and get a good education. I also really want to go where they care about football and where there is good team support and a good crowd."
While denying a leader, Samuels admits he grew up following Oregon. "I've always liked their uniforms," he said. "I also liked how they played. They always had good defensive backs and guys that hit and hit hard.
"Oregon has a great defense and seem to produce great defensive backs," he said. "Plus, they are always a top team in the Pac-10."
The Ducks are recruiting Samuels the hardest. "The head coach writes me all the time," he said. "They keep me updated on everything going on over there."
The first school to offer Samuels was Arizona State in March. "I really like the coaches at Arizona State," he said. "Coach Dennis Erickson has won a national championship and has coached some of the best players in the game. I know they are going to be a great team with him there."
Another program that Samuels has high hopes for is Stanford. "It's a great program," he said. "They are trying to pull the program together and get back up there. They've been recruiting well and it would probably be a good opportunity to go there and help get them back on track."
Samuels also like the education that Stanford offers. "I love the education there," he said. "How can you not?
"I also like the education at Cal," he stated. "They are one of the best public schools in the country, plus they have a really good football team too. I really like the coaches and they told me that I would get a chance to compete for early playing time."
Outside of the Pac-10, Samuels is also considering Nebraska. "I think they'll have a tough defense next year," he said. "I like their new coaches a lot and I'm excited to see them play.
"I’ll be watching as many games as I can next year," Samuels said. "I really want to see how the teams do and how I'd be able to fit in."
In June, Samuels attended camps at both UCLA and USC, but neither the Bruins nor Trojans have offered him. "I've been talking to USC a lot," he said. "They send me lots of mail just like everybody else.
"UCLA is recruiting me too, but they said they really want to see how I perform during the season."
Samuels says he's interested in the medical field and reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 21 ACT.