Fairhope (Ala.) School junior Kyron Samuels is optimistic a move to center this spring will benefit his career. But he knows the switch will put additional pressure on him.
"Spring practice is going to be huge," Samuels said.
"[Schools] are giving me a lot of interest," Samuels said. "They're mostly concerned about my position change, though. I played a lot of guard and tackle for the past two years. Now, I'm moving to center, which is what everyone is concerned about. They're all recruiting me as a center, but they've never seen me play center."
That said, Samuels expects a smooth transition.
And he is confident he will impress college coaches.
"I don't think it's going to be that difficult," Samuels said. "Ever since the coach told me in December, I've been practicing my snapping, and doing one-on-ones with my guys trying to prepare for it."
To date, the 6-foot-2, 295-pound Samuels has offers from East Carolina, South Alabama and UAB. Additionally, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State and Oregon are showing significant interest, he said. Samuels has taken trips already to Alabama, Mississippi State, South Alabama and Southern Miss. He plans to visit Florida later this month.
The Tide, Gators, Bulldogs and Ducks "are probably my top four," Samuels said. "They just want to see me snap. I wouldn't say there's a favorite. But I definitely have a lot of big interest in Alabama and Florida."
Who might be next to offer?
"I'd probably say either Mississippi State or Alabama," Samuels said. "One of those two -- whichever one comes first to spring practice. Thos e will be some big practices."