RECRUITING: Florida WR names his top five

Did the Sooners make the cut for Sarasota, Fla. wide receiver Sam Shields?


Coming from the state of Florida, you know Sam Shields has the ability to run, but this guy has skill has also developed into one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country.

Shields, who also returns punts and kick-offs, will be a three-year starter this year at wide receiver. Last season, Shields caught 20 passes for 586 yards and eight touchdowns, and that was with a sprained MCL during the first five games of the season. As a sophomore, Shields caught 24 passes 989 yards and 15 touchdowns. Shields was also spectacular on kick-off returns a year ago taking two back for scores from 80 and 74 yards out.

Shields can bench 235 pounds, squats 315 and he starts in baseball at third base. He runs the 100M (10.7), 200M (22.7), 4X100 (second leg) and also participates in the long jump (21'11).

Shields made it to the Florida junior day and he hopes to camp at Alabama this summer. He has been offered by at least 20 schools and he is hearing from more and more programs all the time.

"I do have a top five," said Shields. "I like Miami, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Pittsburgh. A couple of weeks ago I talked to an Oklahoma coach for the first time and they told me how much they throw the ball and how many wide receivers they had picked in the draft. I think they are going to offer me soon because they indicated to me that they were going to offer me. If they do, they are somebody that I am going to look into because they have a great program.

"I am looking at all three Florida schools and I would leave the state if I felt the right school was for me out of state. But my family is in Florida and they want me to stay in state. W will see what happens in the future and how recruiting shakes out."

Shields has qualified.

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