Huskers enter picture for another WR

Want a play maker? How about a guy that had over 500 yards receiving on just 20 receptions with half of them going for touchdowns through only five games. Not enough? How about a player that returned two kickoffs for touchdowns for longer than 75 yards a piece. If you're interested then you are following the lead of some of the nation's best football teams in offering this young man from Florida.

The unfortunate knee injury that Sam Shields suffered last year really leaves some to wonder, how big of year he might have had. The 6-foot-1 and 175 pound receiver from Sarasota (Flor.) Booker was averaging 4 receptions, over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns per contest.

"I had 568 yards through the first 5 games and then I sprained my MCL," Shields said. "That was on 20 receptions and I had 8 touchdowns. I had two kick off returns that I returned for touchdowns. One was 80 yards an the other was 74 yards."

So how is the knee doing? Well Shields just finished up with track and is now in spring football after getting his knee scoped.

"The knee is doing great. They scoped it last year, but I ran track this spring. I was running the 100m, 4x100m, 200 and the long jump. I run the second leg on the 4x100m. Last year's time I ran a 10.7 100m electronic. My favorite even is the 200m. I ran a 21.7."

"We already started practice. It was Monday. I have been doing pretty good. We have a lot of players coming back that will be seniors. They have been through the playoffs. They have experience."

That playmaking ability has made Shields one of the most sought after receivers in Florida and in the nation. He is up to 11 offers including two of the big three in Florida and some others possibly getting ready to offer.

"I have like 11 offers. They are from Florida, Miami, LSU, Duke, Iowa, Louisville, Ole Miss, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and Pittsburgh. It's tough remembering them all. The first school to offer was Iowa."

"I would say that Florida State is close to offering. I grew up watching them. I liked Peter Warrick. As a little kid I liked to watch him play. I used to love watching him play."

Shields has had a chance to get out and take in some unofficial visits so far this year. He only has one camp planned to this point and isn't sure where or if he will take any additional camps. He will be in a summer league this year.

"I went to Florida's Junior Day. It was pretty exciting. It was raining that day and we were inside and got to see the buildings."

"I am going to go to the Alabama camp. That is the only camp that I know about. I will be doing a little seven on seven. We do that in a league against other high schools. That starts at the beginning of the summer."

When it comes to breaking down his leaders the in-state schools hold a sizeable margin over other offers and other schools. The fact of the matter is that distance is a huge thing that Shields is looking at right now, but that could change.

"My leader is Miami, then Florida, and Florida State. It's mostly Florida schools. Distance is a big, big thing. I really see myself staying in-state to go to school. When I take my official visits it will be to out of state schools. I have seen all of the in-state schools."

"I'd like to take one to LSU. I was talking to the USC coach and they want me to take an official there. I would like to see Pittsburgh. I would like to go to LSU, Pittsburgh and USC."

Nebraska isn't out of it for an official visit, but they do have some climbing to do to get on that list. Shields wouldn't be that interested in Nebraska if they were running the option still, but he needs to do some more research on Nebraska.

"I haven't seen them play in a long time. I don't know if they still do the option or not. I don't know yet. I need to do more research on the computer. I think that Randy Jordan is recruiting me from Nebraska."

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