The recruits are coming in thick and fast at this time of the year and the South Carolina picked up a wide receiver, Landon Samson, for their recruiting class of 2022 on Wednesday.
By Steve Wright
Landon Samson is a 6-foot-1, 180 pounder out of the famed Southlake Carroll (Southlake, TX) High School program that has produced the likes of quarterback Chase Daniel and tight end Scott Chandler over the years. Samson – a 3-star prospect – is ranked as the No. 790 player in the class, the No. 108 wide receiver, and the No. 109 player in the state of Texas.
Samson is a two sport star – he also competes in the sprints and jumps as a track athlete – and he was named the Texas District 4-6A Offensive Player of the Year in 2020 as he helped Southlake Carroll reach the state championship game. He picked South Carolina over the likes of Baylor, SMU and Nebraska.
If production at the high school level is anything to go by then the Gamecocks have uncovered a gem here. Samson caught 74 passes for just under 1,300 yards and 15 scores last season and his competitive nature and desire to get better seems like a perfect fit for SEC football.
In the video below you can see Samson’s highlights from his junior season. It is an exciting mixture of plays, some of which see Samson going deep any winning contested catches against defensive backs – wining with his plus ball skills – and others that see him catching the ball in the flat before turning upfield for long gains and scores.
Samson has a wonderful feel for the game and where space will be. He has ideal agility and quickness, and he is able to accelerate to top speed in a hurry. He also already knows how to set up a defender and beat him with his route running, a huge deal when it comes to facing elite defensive backs on Saturdays.