Name: Kayton Samuels
Position: Nose tackle
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 318 lbs.
Hometown: Ellenwood, GA
High School: Arabia Mountain
2015 Stats: Started all 12 games for the Orange at Nose tackle. Samuels recorded 15 tackles, eight solo. He also recorded one fumble.
2016 Projections: Samuels is listed a the starter at nose tackle once again for the Orange on the post-spring depth chart. He will most likely split time with Steven Clark, which is essentially what the two did last season.
How’d He Get Here?: Local option Georgia State was recruiting Samuels very hard but wanted him to greyshirt. Samuels said no and chose Syracuse over Maryland, Boise State, and others.
What’d Recruiting Sites Say?: Two stars from Rivals and Scout. Three stars from 247sports.
Money Quote: Kayton on earning his starting gig:
“Starting spot is never stable. Any time you get off your game, that’s it, you’re not starting anymore. I just have to keep going up. Can’t go down at anytime.”
Tweets of Wonder: Kayton comparing his jump shot to Klay Thompson’s:
Klay was out there shooting like me pic.twitter.com/IgmLUMewVs— Kayton Samuels (@Yall_JustMyfans) May 29, 2016
What Does Babers Think of Him?: Haven’t heard much but he is a starter.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Samuels was a surprise commit to Syracuse on National Signing Day.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha:
Our own John Cassillo discuses Samuels: