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As Deebo Samuel left a visit with New England: ‘Hey Billy, I’ll see you in a month’

At times during the lead-up to the NFL draft, former South Carolina football star Deebo Samuel has had a bit of a low profile.

Other times, he’s shouted out future Hall of Famer Bill Belichick on Instagram following a visit to the New England Patriots.

In a video he posted, he looked at the camera and said, “Hey Billy, I’ll see you in a month, my man.” The Pats, led by their six-time Super Bowl champion coach are picking at No. 32, around the range where Samuel is projected.

Samuel was on NFL Total Access on the NFL Network on Monday, talking about that rather aggressive move and a few other topics.

“We had a pretty good conversation when I was there,” Samuel said.

He said his visits have taken him to Cincinnati, Dallas, New Orleans and Tennessee. He’ll be in San Francisco on Monday and Buffalo on Wednesday. The draft runs from Thursday through Saturday.

He noted each visit usually involves a meeting with position coaches and a little feedback. But he admitted, he’s mostly “in the dark” about teams’ intentions.

During his travels, he spent some time with Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown, who is considered one of the top receivers in the draft. The pair trained together in Arizona.

“I talk to him almost every day,” Samuel said.

When healthy his last few seasons, Samuel was a dynamic all-around playmaker. He was a force the first three games of 2017 before a broken bone ended his season and ultimately brought him back to school. He finished his senior season with 62 catches, 882 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.

In addition to his 2,076 receiving yards, he added seven career scores on the ground, four as a returner and one as a special teams gunner.

He’s currently projected to go in the second round by CBS Sports as the No. 52 prospect in the draft. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah has him as the No. 47 prospect.

He said his versatility has been part of his pitch to teams.

“Not only am I a receiver, but you can put me anywhere out there on the field,” Samuel said. “Like I scored in every aspect of the game, throwing, running, recovering fumbles, I did it all.”

Asked about post-draft plans, maybe post-draft purchases once he’s locked in NFL money, Samuel, well known for his sharp clothes, brushed any of that aside for something more pressing.

“You’ve got to find somewhere to stay before you do anything,” Samuel said. “You don’t want to be sleeping outside.”