Anaheim (Calif.) Servite cornerback Bijon Samoodi (5-8, 170), was an all-state underclass pick a year ago. And despite camping at several places in the summer and spring, Samoodi is still waiting for his first offer.
If he keeps playing like he has to start the year, that wait could end sooner than later.
“I definitely think my size is what is making people hold off,” said Samoodi. “But watch me come up in run support and I can hit.”
That much is true. Samoodi, in a game against Crespi earlier this year, had a punishing hit on a Crespi receiver at the goal line that separated the receiver from the ball on what would have been a touchdown. This season, he’s moved to safety and has gotten more tackles.
On the recruiting front, a handful of schools are talking with him.
“I’ve been talking to Colorado State and Montana State has called a couple of times. I’m interested in any Pac-10 school, but UCLA the most. I haven’t really gotten to talk to the coaches this season, but I’ve talked to them at the camp. Cal is really cool too,” said Samoodi.
Samoodi attended camps at both USC and UCLA, going to UCLA’s 1-Day Camp and USC’s Rising Stars camp.
“I did pretty good,” said Samoodi. “The competition with all of the athletes was great. I wouldn’t mind hearing more from USC, I got invited to the Ohio State game.”
Samoodi said he’s hoping to take official visits come fall, and this weekend, he’ll be taking the SAT to allow that to happen.
“I take the SAT’s this weekend, I haven’t taken them yet. I’ve just got to take them to be able to take trips,” said Samoodi.
In the meantime, he’s holding his head up, confident an offer will be forthcoming.
“I’m taking it all in stride,” said Samoodi.
At the Los Angeles UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in May, Samoodi had a couple of the best marks on the day, despite a foot injury that sidelined him for the drills. He clocked a 4.52 forty and a 36-inch vertical.
Samoodi had an interception in the Crespi game, the Friars lone loss in a 3-1 start. This weekend, they are off but face Sherman Oaks Notre Dame next weekend.
Academically, Samoodi has a 2.9 GPA.