Shields: UM or LSU?

Sam Shields missed half of last season because of injuries. That ended what could have been a spectacular junior season. The talented receiver from Sarasota (Fla.) Booker has picked it up this season and is playing as well as any player in the entire state right now.

"I'm just out there having fun," Shields said. "It's been easy. Nobody's covering me. They try. They double, triple cover. Nothing works. I'm just out there doing what I do."

Sam Shields, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, has 31 receptions for 609 yards and 12 touchdowns so far this season. He's also added three scores on special teams. In his last 12 regular season games, Shields has scored 25 touchdowns.

The talented receiver, who is taking the ACT this coming Saturday, made a summer commitment to Miami. He took a visit to LSU this past weekend.

"I just got back from a visit to LSU," he said. "I was with Dwayne Bowe. He was my host. It was tight. They played a good game and then we went to another game that night. It was to watch Southern, an all black college. Then we went to some parties."

Shields paid close attention to what the coaches were telling him about the wide receiver situation there.

"They're saying they need some receivers," he said. "Bowe should leave after this season and Xavier Carter is supposed to sign a million dollar deal in track. I saw Tim Tebow there too."

The talented receiver said that was his first of what will likely end up being three visits.

"I might go up to Tennessee and of course I'll visit Miami," he said. "I'm not sure on when though. I might make the visit to Miami next weekend when they play North Carolina."

Shields talked about the status of his commitment.

"I'm still with Miami," he said. "That would be stupid not to take any other visits. I'm with Miami. (Sinorice) Moss is leaving. I look around and I think I can go in there and do some things right away. Kyle Wright looks like the real deal at quarterback. I talk to Coach CJ a lot."

One thing that could become a factor is the academic situation.

"I'm all set for Miami except I just need to score a little higher on the SAT," he said. "LSU told me I'll be OK. That's really the only other school I'm looking at."

Shields claims to have scored an 820 on his first SAT and with his core GPA, he says he needs a 920 to become a full qualifier at UM.

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