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Samples Stepping Up in Johnson's Absence

Dallas Skyline has been the home of many top flight athletes the last several years, and the 2010 roster looks to have more of the same. However, perhaps the biggest star of their game last Friday against Jesuit, is one of the youngest players on the roster.

Sophomore Rashaad Samples has several catches and rolled up more than 100 yards receiving on the night.

"I just played within the system and did what my coaches told me to do to get open," he said.

The humble Samples gives credit to the system, but the Jesuit defense spent the entire night chasing the 6-foot wideout around the field. Samples has big time speed in the open field, and runs routes better than most players his age. Though he's just 15, he says he doesn't think about that on the field.

"My coach is always challenging me, so sophomore or senior, it doesn't matter," he said, "I just do what the coaches say, be disciplined, and keep learning."

One of those coaches is his father Reginald samples, though Rashaad says between the lines, you wouldn't know they were father and son.

"He's just another coach when I'm on the field, so it's not anything special. He tells me that same things the other coaches tell me," he said.

Samples' speed and route running may remind spectators of Philadelphia Eagles wide out DeSean Jackson. A comparison that, according to Samples, is no coincidence.

"That's why I wear number ten. He's so explosive out of routes and nobody can really cover him, so I try to run fast and be like him," he said.

Samples has had the opportunity in recent weeks to step up in part due to an injury to another standout Skyline reciever Thomas Johnson. Johnson went down with an ankle injury in Skylines game against Glades Central (FL.)

Though the 6-foot-1 junior already holds an offer from Texas A&M and has been hearing from other schools, he's not focusing on his recruiting right now.

"I haven't really been talking to colleges," he said, "All I'm Just focusing on getting back right now, I've been rehabbing the last couple weeks and I've been progressing in my running and stuff so I'm looking forward togetting back out there."

While he may not be focusing on recruiting, he was able to see Texas A&M's receivers put over 400 yards receiving with five touchdowns at Oklahoma State.

"Last time I watched them on TV the receivers did an outstanding job," he said.

Texas A&M has already extended an offer to Johnson, an offer that he says helped his confidence on the field.

"It boosts my confidence to start," he said "but I also just like the college as a college in general. They have a good academic program and the football team is working their way up."

After Johnson's injury, Samples took it upon himself to step up and help the team. A move that has helped Skyline go 4-1 since the injury.

"When Thomas went down we kinda had to regroup ourselves and get back together, so we were just looking for recievers to step up. I knew I'd have to step up and make plays," said Samples.

Samples is already hearing from Kansas State and Baylor, but does not have any visits planned at this time.

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