February 20, 2008

Hitchcock duo taking in LSU

Hitchcock (Texas) teammates Michael Sam and Jordan Turner will be attending LSU's junior day this weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Sam is a coming off a top two finish in the Texas Class 3A power-lifting tournament where he dead lifted 580 pounds and squatted 550 pounds.

"He's an explosive kid with a great motor," Hitchcock coach Gary Carney said. "He can carry more weight on his frame when he gets to college and could play with his hand down or standing up."

Sam is a two-time, all-district selection for Hitchcock and has also filled in on the offensive side of the ball.

"Socially and academically, Michael will be able to fit in anywhere," Carney said. "He's going to a four-year guy that will be productive and you will never have a problem out of him. He's a very good package."

Sam is being pursued by Houston, Texas and TCU among others and reminds his coaches of Longhorn defensive lineman Tim Crowder.

While Sam headlines Hitchcock's 2009 class, athlete Jordan Turner refused to be overlooked. Turner rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 11 touchdowns while catching 27 passes for 618 yards and nine touchdowns.

"He's the perfect inside receiver for a Division I program," Carney said. "He's tremendous on our track team and can do anything on a football field from returning kicks to going across the middle. He's really a special talent."

The 5-foot-10 athlete had a tremendous outing at last year's state seven-on-seven tournament, where he made several circus catches as the team's primary receiver.

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