By: Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports | October 18, 2016
Up until now, Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) cornerback Stanford Samuels III said his No. 1 personal was when his Twitter account was verified, a rarity for high school athletes no matter how elite they are.
“That was big!” Samuels said. “That’s something I dreamed about.”
But on Tuesday morning when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance stopped by his school to present him with his honorary Under Armour All-America Game jersey, Samuels conceded that he had a new No. 1.
The game kicks off on Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. (ESPN) in Orlando.
“Getting this jersey would definitely have to be on top,” Samuels said. “It’s an honor to even be considered for this game so I’m proud to be able to suit up for it. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
Samuels, who is ranked No. 34 overall player and No. 3 at his position by ESPN, has been having fun all season with the stress of deciding on a college no longer weighing on him.
Samuels followed in the footsteps of his father, Stanford Samuels Jr., and committed to Florida State in June. Samuels Jr. played for the Seminoles from 2000-03.
“I wouldn’t say I picked Florida State because of my dad, I really loved everything about the school,” Samuels. “The fact that my dad went there was definitely a plus, though. Having everything out of the way just helps me focus more on winning another state title.”
The Falcons (6-1) won their first state title in school history last season.
Samuels said it’ll take “even more hard work” to repeat this season.
“It’s harder to win it when everyone wants to knock you off,” said Samuels, who has racked up 32 tackles and two forced fumbles this season. “It’s just gonna take more effort every game from us, especially because we have so many young guys this year. But we’re not using excuses; bottom line is that we’ve all gotta step up.”
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