When Samuel Okunlola first spoke with the media upon enrolling early at Pitt, the former four-star recruit acknowledged that it would be cool to play with his brother at the college level, but he’d let his brother make his own decisions.
Samuel’s brother Samson is a five-star offensive lineman out of Thayer Academy in Brockton, Massachusetts, and while the elite 2023 recruit is sought-after by every major program in the country, Pitt has been in heavy pursuit.
“I’m hearing from Pitt now, I talked with their offensive line coach last week,” Samson told PSN in January. “Me possibly playing with my brother would be cool and all but, in the end, my decision will come down to me going to the best o-line school possible. I’ll look at Pitt and see if that would be best for me and then go from there. I’m taking everything very slowly.”
At a Rivals Camp Series in Philadelphia Sunday morning, he broke down a few more details about Pitt and his recruiting process.
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Samson, who is rated as the 25th-ranked recruit in the country by 247Sports and the 64th-ranked recruit in the country by Rivals, has racked up 45 offers — including Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Texas A&M and USC.
Samson hasn’t decided upon any official visits yet, and he hasn’t narrowed down his vast list of offers, so he told Rivals that he’s really taking his time in considering and planning his officials.
Pitt, as shown by head coach Pat Narduzzi visiting Samson at Thayer earlier this year, has been recruiting him heavily, he confirmed. As the top-ranked offensive lineman on Pitt’s 2023 board, along with being the brother of a class of 2022 recruit, he would be a very, very key addition to the class.
“They’re trying to get me on an OV right now; they’re recruiting me pretty heavy,” Samson told Rivals.
“I’m talking to the o-line coach, talking game, talking techniques — you know, he has a real technical mind when it comes to techniques,” Samson said. So I’m loving that too.”
Samson has made unofficial visits to Boston College, Michigan State, Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia, Florida and Georgia over the past year. And while he hasn’t visited Pitt, landing one of his official visits would be a massive opportunity for Narduzzi and Pitt’s staff.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle is rated as a projected second round NFL Draft pick, according to 247Sports’ Brain Dohn.