Signing Day Capsule: Sam McGuffie

McGuffie is explosive, has uncanny balance and exceptional vision. He's a home run hitting back that has the ability to score from anywhere. McGuffie has very good speed, great acceleration and quickness and the ability to make people miss in the open field with a move or cut. McGuffie picked Michigan over a late push from the Cal Golden Bears.

Sam McGuffie
Running Back 5-11/190/4.4
Cy-Fair HS (Cypress, Texas)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 7 Player Video
McGuffie jumps J.B. Shugarts
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His Recruiting Story
Since the moment that video footage of running back Sam McGuffie leaping over a prospective defender and strolling into the end zone made its way onto the Internet, the hype and expectation for Sam McGuffie has continued to climb. When a five-minute long YouTube highlight reel made its way to the surface, McGuffie became a must get as far as the Michigan faithful were concerned.

As it would have it, McGuffie, who played his high school ball at Cy-Fair in Cypress, Texas, had a connection to the Michigan football program. With a parent raised in the state of Michigan, it was apparent that family ties would help guide McGuffie to Ann Arbor right from the start.

"It has been pretty crazy, McGuffie began in an interview before committing to Michigan. "Everybody has been by. Coach Pete Carroll came by, coach (Bob) Stoops at Oklahoma, and Coach (Charlie) Weis is supposed to come by. It has been pretty hectic."

Despite all the visitors, it was the Wolverines that started to emerge as a favorite for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back. After making a trip to Ann Arbor late in the summer, McGuffie pulled the trigger and committed to the Wolverines in late July.

"I'll be going to Michigan," McGuffie announced on KPRC in Houston. "I went to the University of Michigan a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with it. It's a place where I can come in as a freshman and be an impact player."

It didn't end there for McGuffie, however. As was the case with so many Michigan commits, the retirement of Lloyd Carr opened the door for many schools to try and pry loose commits that were corralled under Carr. Solid up until Signing Day, a last visit to Cal caused McGuffie to reconsider his pledge to the Wolverines, and for roughly 12 hours, the Maize and Blue faithful waited on pins and needles as possibly the most electric back in the 2008 class decided between the Wolverines and the Cal Golden Bears. Around 8:00 p.m., McGuffie decided on Michigan and faxed in his signed letter of intent.

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Sam McGuffie has an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact for the Wolverines. With Mike Hart leaving for the NFL, and a new coach unfamiliar with both Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor, it's not out of the question that McGuffie could become a significant player on the offense in 2008.

With blazing speed, and unbelievable athleticism to boot, McGuffie comes to Michigan as the highest ranked recruit since inking Kevin Grady Jr. Whether or not he'll ever be able to live up to the expectations set by the fans after his YouTube video remains to be seen.

Blocking is the one aspect of the game that McGuffie must improve in if he wants to see the field early in 2008.

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