Asante Samuel Weighs Hometown Miami Against ‘Favorite School’ FSU

    Asante Samuel Jr. has eyes set on his hometown Miami Hurricanes and his favorite school growing up, the Florida State Seminoles.

    March 10, 2017

    Asante Samuel Jr. has eyes set on his hometown Miami Hurricanes and his favorite school growing up, the Florida State Seminoles.


    When 4-star cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. released his top 5 schools earlier this week, there was seemingly one outlier. Once a national powerhouse – fielding arguably the greatest roster of talent in college football history – the University of Miami looked a bit out of place next to Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State. After all, of the five schools only Miami doesn’t have a national championship in the last decade.

    But times they are a changing. Mark Richt returned to his alma mater refreshed and ready to turn the page from stagnation that set in under Al Golden and Randy Shannon. According to Samuel, a South Florida native, Richt, in just one year, has righted the ship. Sky’s the limit in Coral Cables.

    “Miami has changed. Miami is turning that program around,” Samuel told Rivals.com. “They’ve done a lot in just one year, so there’s not telling what they’re going to do in the next couple of years. They have everything going now, so you have to keep them in mind.”

    In order to land Samuel’s commitment, Richt will have to beat out Florida State, the school where he cut his teeth as an offensive coordinator and with whom he now shares a division.

    FSU’s success on the recruiting trail notwithstanding, the Seminoles have another ace in the hole to land Samuel: sentimentality. Florida State was his favorite school growing up, and can lean on that nostalgia. Well, that and the fact that playing defensive back for Jimbo Fisher essentially guarantees a slot on an NFL roster.

    “Florida State, man. That’s my favorite school since I was a little kid,” Samuel said. “I just love everything about it there. I love the coaches and how everything is set up over there.”

    Samuel will verbally commit in early June, but for now it looks like roads go through the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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