Skyline wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples commits to Oklahoma State July 9th, 2012
Skyline wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples announced Saturday on ESPNU that he has orally committed to Oklahoma State. Samples made his announcement at The Opening, a camp for the nation’s top recruits in Beaverton, Ore.
Samples (6-0, 170) is the fifth Skyline player in the Class of 2013 to commit to an FBS school, joining quarterback Devante Kincade (Mississippi), defensive linemen Kerrick Huggins (Texas A&M) and Roderick Moore (SMU) and defensive back Will Barrow (Texas Tech). Samples chose OSU over Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Ohio State and USC.
“Oklahoma State, they just made me feel at home,’’ Samples said on the ESPNU broadcast. “When I went down there, I stayed with the players. I got a chance to talk to coach [Mike] Gundy a bunch. I sat up there and got a lot of one-on-one time with him. He just pulled me aside and talked to me about my family, the people around me, to show that he really cares.’’
Samples is No. 34 in Rivals.com’s state recruiting rankings and is ranked as the 39th-best senior wide receiver in the nation. As a junior, he was a second-team all-state selection and caught 65 passes for 1,369 yards and 19 touchdowns as Skyline reached the Class 5A Division I state semifinals.
Samples, the son of Skyline coach Reginald Samples, has been recovering from a fractured left fibula that he suffered at the Nike Football Training Camp in March.
“I’m about two weeks away,’’ Ra’Shaad Samples said.
Oral commitments are nonbinding. Feb. 6, 2013 is the first day that a football player in the Class of 2013 can sign a national letter of intent.