Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6-1, 207, 4.63) from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep is another signal caller from the Golden State who is blowing up. When Rivals.com first introduced you to Carta-Samuels he was somewhat of a sleeper, but he is a sleeper no more as the talented signal caller has seen his offers climb to five.
The thing that stands out about Carta-Samuels is he has the poise that all the great ones have. He is almost immune to pressure and he's a get it done type of guy. Those are things that translate into an outstanding quarterback.
Carta-Samuels has been working really to get ready for his senior season, but the last couple weeks he has been away from his team.
"I have been away from my team and their workouts because I been pretty much on the road going to camps and visiting colleges," Carta-Samuels said. "That's not fair to my team. I need to be with them working out and as a team getting ready for my senior season. That is why I want to make a quick decision, but a smart one."
Carta-Samuels has offers from Air Force, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah and most recently Purdue where just returned from taking an unofficial visit.
"I just visited Purdue and they offered me," Carta-Samuels said. "It made me feel amazing. It was my first offer from a Big 10 school."
"Purdue is a quarterback university with a great quarterback tradition," Carta-Samuels said. "Bob Griese, Mike Phipps, Jim Everett, Drew Brees and Kyle Orton all come from Purdue."
"Purdue is in a big time conference and to be offered by them is great," Carta-Samuels said. "I almost committed to Purdue because Danny Hope is my main recruiter and he's going to the new head coach when current head coach Joe Tiller retires after the season."
"I like the way Purdue has worked out over the last few years," Carta-Samuels said. "They will start a young quarterback and let him develop and for a good three years. Another thing that I like about Purdue is the have been in a bowl game 10 out of the last 11 years."
"I've talked to my parents and a lot of people," Carta-Samuels said. "What they have said sometimes you feel pressure to take this offer, but when you have schools like Washington, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Boston College recruiting me, made me want to wait this thing out. I would like to make my decision by July 10th."
What does Carta-Samuels like about the schools, he mentioned?
"Tennessee has amazing quarterback tradition and it's big, big football in the SEC," Carta-Samuels said. "They have a lot of fans and well known for their tradition.
"Vandy is a great school. It's in a big conference and my Grandfather went there so I have family ties.
"Boston College is amazing, amazing, amazing. Education, football everything is amazing as I've heard. Nice college town and my uncle who is one of my mentors said that was his first choice of college as well."
"Washington is in the Pac 10, and it is close to home," Carta-Samuels said. "They need quarterback help after Jake Locker. Plus Tyrone Willingham is a great guy and coach.
Whoever lands Carta-Samuels will be getting a player who has his best football ahead of him.
As a junior, Carta-Samuels passed for approximately 1,400 yards, and 11 touchdowns against only three interceptions. He can also get the job done with his feet as he rushed for 455 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.