Sam Shields Checks In

Sam Shields has been favoring the University of Miami since day one of the recruiting process. He even went as far as making a soft commitment earlier this summer. Has anything changed since then?

"It's still looking like Miami," Shields said. "I still wanna take all my visits just to make sure though. Right now the five I'm looking at are Miami, USC, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and LSU. Florida State and Florida are still in there too but not as much."

Sam Shields, who measured in at a recent camp at 5-11 1/2 and 170 pounds, is excited about the upcoming season.

"I had to miss some of it last year and that hurt," he said. "I'm really focused right now. I wanna show people I'm the best in the state. I wanna be in the Army game in January so I can show people what's up. We play Riverview in our first game. We hate them so I'm really looking forward to it."

Shields attended just two camps this summer but put on impressive performances at both.

"I went to Alabama because they wanted to see my teammate, Marquise Johnson, play," he said. "I went with him. I ran a 4.49 on turf and did good. I also went to the passing thing at USF and tore it up."

Shields tells the story of meeting talented cornerback Ryan Hill for the first time.

"He walked up to me and introduced himself as Ryan Hill, the best defensive back in the state of Florida," he said. "I told him I don't care who he is and that I'm gonna own him. He was up for the challenge, though. He talks a lot. I like him because he's real aggressive and can back things up. I worked him some and he worked me some. It was a good challenge. It's guys like that who motivate me."

Shields, who carries an 820 SAT score, said he was hoping to get to Miami's camp in June but was unable because of the college entrance exams.

"The only time I've ever been to Miami is when they played Virginia Tech last year," he said. "It was kinda boring, actually. I left early. It wasn't too exciting, especially for a receiver. But I love the atmosphere there. I know what they're capable of doing."

The talented wide receiver spoke briefly about the other programs he plans to visit.

"USC is USC," he said. "They're on top and they offered me. I heard it's pretty crazy out there. Michigan has a lot of tradition and stuff. Pittsburgh, I've never seen snow. LSU has been recruiting me hard from the beginning. But Miami's Miami. That's where I've always wanted to go. They put guys into the pros and I was talking to Lance Leggett and he likes the young quarterbacks and everything. Plus it's close to home. There's still a real good chance I'll end up going to Miami."

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