Allen High School Duo Solid with ASU Pledge

Not very many Arizona State commits in the 2014 class can claim the team success that linebacker Christian Sam and defensive back Chad Adams have enjoyed. Both players helped Allen High School earn back to back Texas 5A state titles, with Sam capturing the championship's game MVP honors. A remarkable senior year can attract new suitors, but the tandem is unwavering in their commitment to ASU.

"We worked hard all summer and it was good to see that hard work pay off," Sam commented. "We had a lot of players back from last year's championship game but we still had to work hard to win that title and get the respect."

"It feels great being a state champion again," Adams (pictured) said. "Not many teams in Texas win back to back championships and we were the first team in school history to do that. Coach Todd Graham (who coached at Allen) was pretty fired up about that."

Allen High School finished with a no. 2 ranking in's Top 50 2013 high schools.

Christian Sam collected 5.5 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in a 63-28 rout over Pearland which also marked the program's 27th straight victory. The linebacker said that his role in 2013 was mostly regulated to just one position.

"We played some 3-4 and 4-2-5," Sam noted. "I was mostly playing the WILL position but sometimes they would move me around. I felt that that I really improved on how I used my hands to get off blocks and make tackles."

Chad Adams who scored on an 83-yard kickoff, as well as a 38-yard reverse in the title game was little more versatile in his duties throughout the season.

"I played both safety positions this year," Adams remarked. "I improved on my man to man coverage and leadership." recruiting analyst, Greg Powers stated that Adams projects better as a corner on the next level. "He is not the biggest player on the field, but has really good top-end speed and plays with a fearless and admirable style," Powers said. "Above average tackler and hitter. He has a very quick first step that allows him to close in a flash. He shows good balance and coordination and is able to hang with receivers and make plays on balls in the air."

Both players visited Arizona State in late July, with Sam committing just 48 hours following that trip and Adams, a one-time Baylor commit, following suit seven day. In light of ASU's current 10-3 record, suffice to say that neither is regretting their summer decision. Nonetheless, with all of all their accomplishments during their senior year, have both players been getting increased attention by various schools that would lead to second thoughts?

"Arizona State had a great year," Sam commented, "And they came close to playing for a national championship or a BCS bowl. But it's all good and we'll get that next year. I feel that they put themselves in a good position to be even better next year. I watched most of their games on T.V. and went (with Adams) to the Notre Dame Game in Dallas. I like their hybrid attacking defense and I think it really fits my abilities. I can come off the edge and make plays but also drop into coverage if I need to.

"The coaches told me that I can contribute next year and they talked to me every week wishing me luck before my games.

"I'm solid with Arizona State and I don't see myself visiting other schools. I'm going to visit there on January 17th. I didn't really pay attention to any schools recruiting me during the season because I was committed to Arizona State."

Adams, who will also visit Tempe on January 17th, was also impressed with the Sun Devil defense throughout 2013.

"I saw a great defense and also a great offense from them," Adams remarked. "The secondary blitzes a lot and also gets a lot of picks. When I was down there on my unofficial visit I watched game film and I could really see myself fitting in that defense perfectly. The coaches like my speed and aggressiveness. They didn't say if I'm going to play corner or safety and we will just wait and see what happens when I get down there.

"I'm not taking any more visits. I'm 100 percent with Arizona State. It's a good team and I feel I'm going to a great situation down there. Coach Graham has done a lot of good things with the program there, and he is trying to get good players from Texas. I like that and also like how they are going to play in Texas in the next few years. It will be good to come back home so my parents can come and see me play. I'm pretty excited about that."

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