Gordie Sammis, 6-5, 300, 5.2, OL, Immaculata HS
Who is New Jersey's best lineman this year? There are a lot of candidates, Pedro Sosa out of Union City, Dan Mazan out of Carteret, Craig Parcells out of Millburn but a guy whose opinion I respect named Immaculata's Gordie Sammis as #1. He noted that Sammis was one of the few "finished products" in the state and called him a a "legit road grader." I wasn't surprised to hear that Sammis was one of the few "finished products" in Jersey this year. Gordie is noted at Immaculata for being a real "student of the game."
If you can judge by the offers he has received, some college coaches apparently also think that Gordie Sammis might be Jersey's best. While many coaches are taking a wait and see approach with some of the other players in the state, Sammis has already garnered six offers. The suitors are Rutgers, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Temple with more on the way. Right now Sammis has Virginia, Rutgers and Wake as his top three in that order. His favorites will have an opportunity to see him up close and Gordie intends to camp at each of the favorite schools this summer.
Why so many offers, so early?
Sammis has started at Immaculata since he was a sophomore. He has the size at 6-5, 300 and he was timed at 5.2 at the recent Nike Camp at Penn State. He is equally adept as a drive blocker and a pass blocker and excels at both. Last year he was First Team All Conference, First Team All County and First Team All Area. Gordie also has the grades and the attitude. Gordie is not just a full qualifier but his 3.0 GPA and 1100 SAT make him a can't miss prospect in the school room. Finally he is also very well liked by team mates, coaches and teachers at Immaculata. In short, Sammis has everything a coach could want.
And what does Gordie Sammis want out of a school? He is looking for the school that wants him the most.
Rutgers fans will hope that that school will end up being Rutgers.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net