Center Kyron Samuels of Fairhope (Ala.) got mostly positive feedback after competing in two camps last week. However, he thinks one school he performed for is much closer to offering than the other.
That program is Mississippi State.
"Mississippi State likes me a lot," said the 6-foot-1, 285-pound Samuels. "I was there Friday and I did very well. They said they'll call on Monday and give me some news. They came down to watch me snap this spring. But they wanted me to come up there and see everything. [Offensive line coach John] Hevesy and [head coach Dan] Mullen said they like me a lot."
According to Samuels, he also performed solidly at Alabama's camp last Sunday. But the Tide's response, though encouraging, wasn't quite what Samuels was hoping for.
"Coach [Nick] Saban didn't offer," Samuels said. "He pretty much said they were looking at some other guys. He said I'm the guy if those guys aren't what they're looking for. He brought up my height a couple times, but he basically said he loves everything about me. He saw my film this spring and loved it. But the fact I'm 6-1 doesn't really fit his criteria for what he recruits at center. Offer wise, he said he'd get back to me after a second camp in July."
Samuels, though, isn't sure he'll camp at Alabama again.
"I told [Saban] there are other schools that have offered that I like and other schools that are interested that haven't offered because they thought I was an Alabama lock," Samuels said. "A lot of people told me they would have offered already if they thought they had a shot with me. I said that seeing I don't have an [Alabama] offer, I'm going to open up my recruitment a lot more. "
One school Samuels hopes to impress is Auburn. He will camp there Sunday. Additionally, Samuels, who has a dozen offers, said there's a good chance he will check out Florida State at some point.
"I talked to [FSU assistant] Dameyun Craig," Samuels said. "He said [offensive line coach] Rick Trickett wants to see me up close in camp, so I'll probably go down there."