Shawn Samuels signs with Marshall

Published 12:14 pm Monday, August 22, 2011

Shawn Samuels

Shawn Samuels, a senior All-Region 1-AAAA wide receiver, defensive back and punt and kickoff returner for the Bainbridge High School Bearcats last season, will be taking his gridiron talents to the Marshall University Thundering Herd next season.

Samuels and his father Stevie Connell, who legally adopted him recently, plan to travel to Marshall this weekend so he can enroll in classes Monday. He is the son of the late Deloise Samuels.

Samuels originally signed with the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Blazers, who released him from his scholarship. Marshall plans to redshirt him his freshman year.

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When he visited the Marshall campus recently in Huntington, W. Va., his guide was former Bearcats running back Philip Gamble.

Gamble, who played defensive back at Marshall, which is a member of Conference USA along with UAB, earned a degree in sports management and is currrently working on a master’s degree in sports management. Samuels also plans to major in sports management.

Last season, Samuels, who made All-Area along with All-Region 1-AAAA, had 36 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups. He was also an outstanding sprinter on coach Larry Cosby’s Bearcats track team.

“I really enjoyed my trip to Marshall,” Samuels said.

The Thundering Herd is coached by John “Doc” Holliday, a former assistant coach at West Virginia, North Carolina State and Florida.

“I really liked coach Holliday, his coaching staff and everything about Marshall,” Samuels said. “ Philllip Gamble was a great host.”