Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Asante Samuel Jr. is one of the best football players in south Florida and he has the offer letters to prove it. Every major powerhouse in the state of Florida wants him, including the big three: The Gators, Canes, and Noles. And as impressive as this might seem to the average person, it’s really not that surprising – considering Asante Samuel Jr is the son of 2x Super Bowl champion and 4x All-Pro defensive back Asante Samuel. His dad made a name for himself shutting down half of the field as a star cornerback for the New England Patriots and based on the level of interest Asante Jr. earned in the last few years – it’s not far fetched to say he seems to be considerably better than his dad was at this point in his career.
Case in point, he turned down offers from nearly every major program in the country including all four of the teams in the college football playoff – Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia! Don’t sleep on Asante and definitely don’t sleep on Big Willie Taggart’s Noles, they’re well fed and still hungry for hardware.
Asante Samuel Jr.
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Weight: 170 lbs
National rank: 19th
State rank: 7th
Position rank: 2nd
Interview with four-star FSU commit, Asante Samuel Jr.
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)
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.”