January 27, 2009

CSU still alive in Sam sweepstakes

The recruitment of Hitchcock, Tex. linebacker Michael Sam is heating up as the recruiting season comes to an end. Sam visited Colorado State last week and says he may be making his decision as early as this week. Sam has been to Iowa State, Arizona State and Fort Collins on official visits and may make a trip to Columbia, Missouri if he doesn't make a decision this week.

"Everything went good (on his visit to CSU)," Sam said. "I am still undecided. I am still talking it over with my folks and hopefully before the end of this week I am going to answer.

"I am undecided, but I am almost there," Sam added.

Despite the cold weather and some altitude-related nosebleeds, Sam said he had a great time. Sam said he was hosted by Ram linebacker Chris Gipson and enjoyed his time in the mountains, quipping, "The thing I loved the most was the mountains. We don't get to see mountains in Texas - we get to see hurricanes, but not mountains."

Sam runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and has a bench max of 270 pounds and a squat max of 630 pounds. He also carries a 3.1 gpa and scored 1230 on the SAT. Hitchcock finished at 7-3 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. Sam was first-team all-district for offensive line and for defensive end. He was also named All-Houston area team as a defensive end.

Sam said his decision-making process was taking two different courses. He has been invited to the campuses of Baylor and Missouri this week, but isn't sure if he will make a decision ahead of the weekend. If he does make a decision before the weekend gets here, he will decide between Arizona State and Colorado State. Sam said Baylor is a longshot and is largely a player because of Waco's (hometown of Baylor) proximity to Dallas, the home of Sam's father.

"Missouri has been on me since March in that first evaluation period," Sam said. "The coaches didn't know if I qualified or not since I stopped talking to them in December. Last week they paid me a visit as did Baylor. I need to decide whether I want to take these visits or just decide. Also, I think I am going to rule a Baylor visit out, so it will probably be Missouri. It may not be though because I might get talked out of going there."

Sam said in the meantime he will be competing in powerlifting contests as well as track this season. He mentioned he was a regional qualifier in powerlifting since his freshman year and went to state last year. This year, he has his eye on a state championship in the powerlifting competitions, which include bench press, squat and dead lift.

"I was hoping to have a decision and I may have it this week," Sam added.

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