August 20, 2008
CSU is the leader for Texas end
Michael Sam will tell you not many people take notice of his hometown of Hitchcock, TX. Despite a population of just over 6,000, this tiny berg 25 minutes south of Houston is receiving several visits from college football coaches, looking for an audience with Sam, a 6'3", 230-pound linebacker.
Currently, Sam owns scholarship offers from Colorado State, Arizona State and Houston University, while coaches from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Missouri, Iowa State, TCU and Nebraska have dialed up or sent mail to the 77563 area code.
Sam said right now Colorado State is his leader for his services, among the schools that have offered scholarships. He was visited by CSU defensive line coach Scott Brown last year and thinks Fort Collins was be a the sort of place he would like to live during his college years.
"Coach Brown seems like a pretty tough coach - a pretty hands-on guy," said Sam.
Brown would be Sam's coach if he came to CSU. Right now the Rams and Arizona State are looking at Sam as a defensive end and Houston is interested in Sam as a linebacker.
"I am looking at whoever is throwing an offer at me a full ride first," said Sam. "I am looking at sports medicine as a major and looking at academic services. All three are good schools."
Sam said if he does go to college, he would be the first in his family.
Last season Hitchcock High School went 10-2 and managed a trip to the state playoffs. Along the way, Sam was named All-District in leading the district in sacks. This season, Hitchcock is ranked sixth in class 2-A headed into the season after losing just four starters from a year ago.
"We think we are going to be pretty darned good," Sam said. "Our scrimmage is Friday, we go back to school Monday and have our first game next Friday. I am excited."
Because of Hitchcock's chance at making it to the state he wants to put off his college decision until after the football season.
Sam claims a squat of 630 pounds, a bench press of 280 and a dead lift of 615. In addition to playing outside linebacker, he is also playing offensive tackle this season.
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