Interest rising for 2014 Kennan Samuel

Class of 2014 Kennan Samuel (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) is a 6-foot, 225-pound defensive end for his high school team, but once he fills out, look for colleges to see him as a contributor at several positions.

Samuel has the build of a linebacker and the quickness to play both inside and outside. He plays defensive end at McKinney because of his pass-rushing ability. Samuel has been relatively consistent with his play, and he’s hoping that consistency will result in a scholarship offer.

Samuel said he has been hearing regularly from schools such as Iowa, Florida State, Boise State, Missouri and Mississippi State. He describes himself as a smart player with quick hands and feet and, most importantly, someone who is looking to become an even better defender.

“It [recruiting] has been going pretty good for me,” Samuel said. “I’ve been keeping my head up and playing hard. I’m just going to work every day and keep giving all my effort, and we’ll see what happens from there.”

As a sophomore, Samuel played varsity on a McKinney team that went 0-10 last season. He has helped the Lions turn things around, as they are 4-2 through six games.