NC State commitment Jaylen Samuels isn't highly regarded by the major recruiting services, but it isn't for lack of production. Samuels scored a preposterous this-is-my-video-game-team-after-eight-seasons-of-recruiting-dominance number of touchdowns in 2013, leveraging his talents for both running the ball and catching it. Samuels' team won the 4AA state title on Saturday.
He finished the season with 109 carries for 1,404 yards and 39 touchdowns. How many players do you know who score every 2.8 times they get the ball playing on a high-level team against high-level competition?
A natural tight end, Samuels finished the year with the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in Mecklenburg County history. He had 49 catches for 932 yards and 16 touchdowns.
I don't know how good or bad Samuels' competition was, but in any case, that's nuts. What else can he do? We need some guys who can do everything, and as much everything at any given time that is humanly possible. How's his arm? What about also playing linebacker? Safety? Offensive tackle? Offensive coordinator? He's listed as a fullback prospect, but something tells me his role will not be limited to run blocking and the occasional reception.
I'm certainly not saying you should expect Samuels to play a half dozen different roles while scoring, say, 60 touchdowns during his college career. But if that were to happen, I'd be okay with it.