Landon Samson, Wide Receiver
Rivals Rating = 5.8 / 4 star
Wide Receiver Landon Samson is a 4 star prospect from Southlake, Texas and is the only commitment in the 2022 recruiting class from the state of Texas. According to his prospect profile, he was recruited by wide receivers coach Justin Stepp. Coach Stepp recruited Samson while on staff at the University of Arkansas and carried that relationship to South Carolina.
Samson comes in at 6 feet 1 inch and weighing 180 pounds. He is most comparable to current Gamecock wide receiver Jalen Brooks, however outside of size and speed, the comparisons end. Samson is far more polished as an overall wide receiver, route runner, and also flashes better hands than Brooks coming out of high school.
To say landing Samson was a big accomplishment would be an understatement. Due to Carolina’s current need for playmakers at the wide receiver position, coupled with the talent and skills that Samson brings, there is a high chance of Samson producing for Carolina in his first year on campus. Samson is a fluid runner with speed to burn. He’s been well coached and will enter college more advanced than most wide receivers coming out of high school. Samson exhibits the ability to make extremely difficult catches and has the athleticism to out jump defenders, high pointing the ball when needed. His routes are precise and he has a propensity for gaining yards after the catch nearly every play - something the Carolina receiving core lacked this year as a whole.
According to Rivals, Samson collected a total of 13 offers ranging from all over the United States. Outside of South Carolina, other notable offers included Ohio State, Baylor, and Nebraska. Samson finished the year rated 5.8, ranked 35th overall in the state of Texas, 34th best wide receiver nationally, and the 237th overall prospect nationally, regardless of position. Samson was also selected as a high school All-American.
Expectations are high for Landon Samson. He’ll bring a dimension to the South Carolina offense that was lacking in 2021. If Samson can take even just a handful of the many completions in 2021 that were short of the first down - or tackled on contact - and turn those same plays into yards after the catch, it’ll drastically change how the offense is able to function in 2022. South Carolina fans will likely find themselves on their feet cheering far more often with Samson on the field as he will provide a home run threat any time he touches the ball.