Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Asante Samuel Jr. not only hails from the football hub of Fort Lauderdale, but he also happens to be the son of a 4x Pro Bowler. As one of the top-ranked recruits in the class of 2018, he’s thriving at the same position his father made a living out of and he grew up playing on the unforgiving gridiron of south Florida. And for a natural talent like Asante Samuel Jr., there’s no better place on earth for him to cultivate his God-given gifts for picks and hard hits.
According to Cleveland.com, only three states can claim to of been the incubator for over 100 active NFL players – California (187), Texas (160) and Florida (197). If you narrow down the data to cities rather than states, you’ll notice Miami is #1 and Fort Lauderdale #2 and they’re only 30 miles apart. It’s facts like this that make Asante so confident that he and his teammates are truly a different breed of athlete that’s a step above the rest.
Asante Samuel Jr.
HOMETOWN: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
SCHOOL: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
WEIGHT: 170 LBS
NATIONAL RANK: 19th
STATE RANK: 7th
POSITION RANK: 2nd
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: “Best advice I was given – stay humble and grind hard”
Q: Who gave you that advice?
A: “My mom”
Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?
A: “Biggest influence- is not letting my family down.”
Q: Is your dad (NFL cornerback Asante Samuel) outspoken with football advice or does he just let your coaches and teammates help you develop into a better player?
A: “My coaches and teammates help me but I just try to have fun and work hard so everything falls into place.”
Q: Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?
A: “Best player I ever played against is Sam Bruce or Trevon Grimes”
Q: Which college team did you root for growing up?
A: “Florida State”
Q: What’s your favorite stadium you’ve ever been in?
A: “Florida State” (Doak Campbell Stadium)
Q: Which NFL team would you like to play for the most?
A: “I would like to play for Oakland Raiders or Dallas Cowboys”
Q: What are your top 5 schools?
A: “Miami, FSU, Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State”
Q: What would you like to major in?
A: “Sports communication”
Q: Do you think playing for St. Thomas Aquinas makes you more prepared for college football than the other top recruits from other regions of the country?
A: “Of course, this school has prepared me for football and life in such little time.”
Q: When you go to the camps and meet players from other areas do any of them match the south Florida level of play?
A: “No, we are a different breed down here in so Florida (south Florida), we talk junk, then we dominate you on the field and if you’re mad about it, you can fight about it cause we’re really on that.”
Q: Your teammate Al Blades Jr. said he plans on announcing which college he’s committing to before the start of next season. Are you planning on announcing around the same time?
A: ” I don’t know yet, probably the same time”
Q: Since I’ve been interviewing players from south Florida I noticed Kodak Black seems to be the most popular rapper in your area right now. Is he the most popular rapper in south Florida these days? And who else do you like listening to?
A: “Ya, and Rick Ross and Iceberg for a little.”
Q: What’s Kodak’s best song in your opinion?
A: “Kodak’s best song is tunnel vision.”