Brockton’s Samson Okunlola to select from 9 faculty soccer groups

As one of Massachusetts’ most highly-touted football recruits in recent memory, Thayer Academy’s Samson Okunlola ended his junior year of high school undecided about which college he’ll attend after he graduates.

For now, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from Brockton has trimmed his list of destinations down to nine universities: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Penn State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio State, Miami and Michigan State.

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Did any particular tour stick out from the others?

“All of them are very good, I’d say,” said Okunlola. “All of them are (about) gaining relationships with coaches and players. I can’t really single out one.”

Every college football fan is eager to know which one Okunlola will decide on, with hopes he will select their beloved team. His older brother Samuel, a former three-star recruit and the state’s fifth-ranked player in the 2022 class according to, decided on the University of Pittsburgh this past December.

Samson Okunlola is currently ranked as 2023’s second-best in Massachusetts (nationally, 25th overall and third at his position) by 247sports, behind safety Joenel Aguero of St. John’s Prep (20th nationally) for tops in the state.

“It’s always great to feel appreciated by fans and stuff. I mean, you just don’t want it to get into your head, in a sense,” Okunlola said of the comments he gets on social media. “Get into your routine of working hard every day.”

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