ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – O’Maury Samuels had planned to wait until his senior season before deciding where to go to college. The 16 year old junior running back from Los Lunas could not wait that long and revealed to KRQE News 13 Sports that he verbally committed to Michigan on Sunday night.
Samuels becomes the second player in three years to give Jim Harbaugh and Michigan a shot. Former Eldorado High quarterback Zach Gentry is the other player from New Mexico.
Samuels, a four star recruit, talked on camera about his decision Monday.
“I chose Michigan because it is great, has great tradition and the coaching is getting there and we are getting some of the top recruits right now,” said Samuels.
Samuels went from flying under the radar to becoming a well known recruit after a monster weekend at a Nike Regional Camp in Dallas, Texas last month. He posted numbers like a 10.5 broad jump and 44 inch vertical leap.
After his performance in day one of the camp Samuels started receiving texts from coaches at some of college football’s biggest schools. He had offers from TCU, Cal, Arizona, New Mexico and New Mexico State.
Samuels rushed for 1,468 yards and 21 touchdowns last season for Los Lunas. Now that his commitment is complete, Samuels can focus on his upcoming senior season of football in the fall.
“It’s just good that I got all of that out of the way now I can be focused on football and my school and my education, get everything in check,” said Samuels.