Shortly after being accepted into Rutgers University, Sean Samuels officially made his commitment to the football team.
Samuels spoke with NJ.com, saying, “I just got confirmation that I just got in. And I am committed to Rutgers.”
A 2-star recruit based on Rivals.com rankings, Samuels was committed to Navy out of high school, but left the school after a summer on campus and re-opened his recruitment. As a class of 2016 prospect, Samuels only had offers from Navy and Army.
Despite receiving interest from schools such as Nebraska and Old Dominion, Samuels ultimately chose to stay close to home. Throughout his career at Kingsway High School, Samuels played running back, fullback, and wide receiver on an offense that featured multiple athletes in the backfield.
When the ball is in his hands, the six-foot, 190-pound Samuels is a physical downhill runner with surprising top-end speed. His body frame allows for plenty of bulk to be added, possibly turning Samuels into a goal line back/H-back in the future.
Shortly after leaving the Naval Academy, Samuels attending Navy Prep, a Preparatory School in Rhode Island. Because of this, Samuels is eligible to enroll at Rutgers University in January and begin football activities immediately.
Technically, Samuels has only been signed as a preferred walk-on, leaving the official 2017 recruiting class at 19 athletes. After the decommitment of Jonathan Taylor, Samuels is the only true running back coming to Rutgers next year, although 3-star athlete Johnathan Lovett is projected to be a running back once he gets to campus.
The full list of 2017 commits can be found here.