On the day Michigan revealed the new slogan for its next recruiting class — “Blueprint 2017” — the Wolverines landed a significant piece.
Los Lunas (N.M.) four-star tailback O’Maury Samuels tweeted his commitment Sunday.
Samuels was relatively unknown prior to The Opening Regional in the Dallas area last month, when he turned heads and garnered a ton of attention with an impressive showing. He came into the event with little interest from D-I programs—he held an offer from New Mexico State—and left with an offer from Michigan. Now, a couple weeks later, and he’s committed to the Wolverines.
Samuels, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, is the nation’s No. 21 running back in the 247Sports Composite rankings and the top player in New Mexico.
He was the third player in as many days who committed after visiting for Friday’s spring game, following 2018 tight end/defensive lineman Leonard Taylor from Springfield (Ohio), just after the game on Friday night and then 2017 defensive lineman Phillip Paea, from Berrien Springs (Mich.) on Saturday.
Samuels becomes the 11th player in Michigan’s class of 2017 and pushes Michigan up to No. 7 nationally in the recruiting rankings for the class.
Samuels is the third running back in the class, joining Covington, Ga.’s Kurt Taylor and Groton, Mass.’ A.J. Dillon.