When Rivals.com first introduced you to cornerback Vachel Samuels (6-1, 190, 4.44) from Lynwood, Calif., he was considered a sleeper. Well you can safely remove the sleeper moniker from Samuels as he blew up during the spring evaluation period.
"I wanted to let you know how things are going for me," Samuels said. "I have picked up offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington State, Nebraska, Boise State and Fresno State. I am also hearing from UCLA and USC."
Can you say stock on fire?
That is quite a haul for an athlete who was barely on the radar back in February and it is only going to get busier for Samuels on the recruiting front.
The thing that the colleges like about Samuels is his versatility. He starts on both sides of the ball and returns punts and kicks, but he projects as a corner while safety isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Samuels is just as good off the field as his 3.8 GPA would indicate.
The scouting report on Samuels is he has great size, speed and he possesses an outstanding work ethic. His coach at Lynwood, Mark Williams, told us that he has to tell Samuels to slow down at time because he is working so hard.
"Even on Sunday when I drive by the school there is Vachel running on the track," Williams said in an earlier interview with Rivals.com. "He's a workout machine."
Williams predicted that it was a slam dunk that Samuels would end up being a highly sought after recruit. It was only going to take colleges to see his tape and once universities took a peek, Williams a prophet he became.
Samuels have quickly discovered what Williams has been saying all along.
"Vachel is the real deal," Williams said. "I have been coaching for 10 years and I don't talk or hype about players unless they deserve it and he deserves it.
"One of the most impressive things about Vachel is; his best games are against the best competition. That's what good players do play well in big games and that's Vachel.
"I think at the end of the day when people see Vachel in action," Williams said. "He will be considered one of the best corners on the west coast.
"Vachel is the complete corner," Williams said. "He can play bump or zone. We play them both and he does them well."
Samuels was a first-team all-league selection after racking 55 tackles, three pass deflections, and two sacks.