Ex-SMU signee reports to Hinds CC

Jermaine Sams signed with SMU a couple of years ago out of St. Paul's (Covington, La.) -- but he never enrolled. After sitting out a year while weighing his options, Sams reported this month for his frosh season at Hinds (Miss.) C.C. FoxSportsNEXT talked with Sams twice (shortly before he reported this week - and also on Friday evening).

We first spoke with Jermaine Sams last weekend.

"I start at Hinds on Monday," he said. "I've been running routes and focusing, focusing, focusing - it's a business trip for me at Hinds. I want to eventually get the offers from four-year schools that didn't recruit me because of academics.

"I've been working out like a maniac. I'm coming in full shape, because otherwise I won't perform as well as I want. I want to go D-1 when I leave Hinds. I know Hinds has two good receivers: one (Quantavious Leslie) is committed to LSU, and the other (Quadarias Mireles) is committed to Ole Miss. They throw the ball a lot. The receivers get the opportunity to get the ball in space."

Sams hopes an offer from a Southeastern Conference program lies in his future.

"I want to play in the SEC," he said. "I don't have a preference (for any particular school). I'm going to Hinds motivated and determined. I plan on shocking a lot of people with my talent. I want to show people what I'm made of."

Yesterday, Sams took a look back at his first week in junior college.

"It's going pretty good," he said. "I have two summer classes. The first class starts at 7:30 A.M. each day, and I have 6:00 A.M. workouts. I basically don't have any free time and - even if I did - I'm drained at the end of each day.

"There's a lot of players here who are going D-1. There's more running than I've ever done. The biggest thing is to be mentally prepared. The coaches don't care who played last year. The depth chart is up for grabs."

Sams teamed up at St. Paul's as a senior with four-star DT Mickey Johnson (now at LSU). The Wolves are a Class 5A program located in Covington, Louisiana (north of New Orleans).

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