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Memphis football adds commitment from RB Walter Samuel of Gonzales, Louisiana

Evan Barnes
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis football added more help to its running back room with a commitment from three-star running back Walter Samuel.

Samuel, who announced his decision Sunday, attends East Ascension High School in Gonzales, Louisiana. He initially committed to Tulane in June but de-committed in November.

According to ScorebookLive and Samuel's Hudl page, he has a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds. He's a versatile pass catcher who models his game after New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

East Ascension senior running back Walter Samuel is one of the parish players to watch in 2022.

Samuel is the second running back commitment the Tigers have secured from Louisiana. Raydrian McKneely from Denham Springs committed to Memphis in December.

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Memphis not only has two running back commitments, they've added two running backs in the transfer portal. The Tigers signed Blake Watson (Old Dominion) and added a commitment from Ke'Travion Hargrove (Mississippi State).

The quartet will add to a crowded running back room with leading rusher Jevyon Ducker, Sutton Smith and Brandon Thomas, who had nine rushing touchdowns last season before a season-ending injury. According to the team's updated roster, An'Darius Coffey has switched positions from running back to defensive back for the spring.