That meant Sams was free to enroll at any junior college for the 2011-12 school year, but after pondering his options, Sams decided to not enroll anywhere until now.
"I'm going to Hinds (C.C.) in Mississippi," said Sams, who isn't sure where he'll sign once his JUCO days are complete.
"I want to be recruited by all of the big-time colleges that didn't offer when I was in high school due to academics (Sams was courted heavily by Arkansas for months)."
Although Sams has a couple of years ahead at Hinds, he says one BCS program is already showing interest.
"Coach Maurice Harris is going to be recruiting me for Ole Miss," said Sams (6-0, 185). "I like SEC and Big 12 schools."
How did Hinds land him?
"At first I was going to take classes at a local community college and then greyshirt at SMU," he explained. "I was going to report to SMU in January of this year. Then, I heard from Coach (Jeff) Reinebold (former SMU WRs coach).
"I was hearing that Reinebold and (SMU head coach) June Jones were going to Arizona State. Coach Reinebold said he wanted me to be a part of things when they got to Arizona State, but he took a job with the CFL and isn't at SMU anymore."
Jones, of course, remains at SMU. It appeared that he was close to making an agreement to become Arizona State's head coach, but the deal never went through.
Reinebold was replaced by Jason Phillips as the SMU WRs coach. Phillips, a south Louisiana native (like Sams), had great success recruiting Louisiana for Houston. He was largely responsible for Houston signing three-star Patterson WR Trevon Stewart and three-star Destrehan DL B.J. Singleton in February (the Cougars added a third Louisiana product on National Signing Day - former Stanford commit Jontrey Tillman).
Sams says Phillips hasn't made contact on behalf of SMU.
"I wish SMU all the best," said Sams. "I didn't know what to do when Reinebold left for the CFL. He's the one who offered me for SMU and was the main reason I signed.
"I didn't hear from Reinebold for awhile, so I just started calling the schools myself. Hinds liked my film, and their wide receivers coach said he wished they had me in earlier.
The Mississippi junior college also has WR Quadarias Mireles, who committed to Ole Miss last week.
Sams hasn't been inactive during his year off.
"A lot of people might think I'm not going to do anything in college because I didn't play last year, but I've been working on getting faster," said Sams. "I've also concentrated on getting better hands. I'm still around 6-0 and 185 pounds, and I've kept my 4.4 speed."
In high school, Sams led St. Paul's to a 12-1 mark during his senior season. The Wolves are a balanced run/pass team, so Sams didn't as many touches as he would in a spread offense. He led St. Paul's in several statistical categories, such as receptions (39-701, six TDs) and kickoff returns (averaged nearly 29 yards per return).