December 30, 2008
Sam narrows his list to two
For Hitchcock (Tex.) defensive end, Michael Sam, recruitment looks to be finishing up just as it began - with Colorado State and Arizona State. Sam said on Monday night he has narrowed his choice down to either the Rams or the Sun Devils and noted those were the first two teams to take notice of the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder.
"I remember (Colorado State Defensive Line Coach Scott Brown) Coach Brown and (Arizona State Defensive Coordinator Craig Bray) Coach Bray were the only two coaches that came to see me during seven-on-seven," Sam said. It is funny that they came down to them right now. I remember that day, they were standing by each other. The next day I heard from Coach Brown and he said 'we are going to offer you, let me know if that coach from Arizona State offers you.'"
The team of Coach Bray, who coached at Wyoming in the '90's and Colorado University this decade, and ASU recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick did offer Sam a scholarship. In addition to Arizona State and Colorado State, the Hitchcock Hitman received offers from Iowa State, Texas Christian and Houston.
The offer from TCU recently dried up as a commitment from another defensive lineman meant the Horned Frogs ran out of slots for Sam, who took the news in stride.
"It would have been a great thing with my dad living in Dallas," Sam said. "I am really close with my dad. That is the recruiting process - you either want me or you don't. I appreciate them (TCU) taking a look at me. To be honest, I think I was just a little late in getting my film to them. I was trying to concentrate on my own season and got the film to them real late."
Sam isn't resting on who hasn't offered him, but is very excited about his prospects with Colorado State and Arizona State as well as visits he has planned to each in the coming month. Sam will be in Tempe on Jan. 16 and Fort Collins on Jan. 24.
"What will narrow it down is what coach can coach me better," Sam said. "I really like both schools, both have the major (sports medicine) I want to take and I really think it will come down to the coaches."
Sam has played both linebacker as well as defensive end, but said he will likely play defensive end in college.
During the off-season Sam said he will compete in powerlifting as well as track, where he is a sprinter. Sam, who also played left tackle in high school, is also looking forward to getting some time to heal up after a long season of playing two ways for Hitchcock.
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