Sams discusses official visit

SMU commit Jermaine Sams of St. Paul's School in Covington, Louisiana, is back from his official visit to The Hilltop. What was his reaction?

"Man, it was great," said wide receiver Jermaine Sams of his official visit to SMU. "Everything was nice: the players, the school, the coaches - everything. It blew me away.

"My host was Keenan Holman and I also spent a lot of time with Richard Crawford and Darius Johnson. I got there early Friday evening and all the recruits ate dinner together, and then we went and hung out with some of the current players.

"Saturday, we toured everything - the freshman dorms where we'll be staying next year and all of the campus, and we met the trainers. Later that night, we all watched Pony Excess."

Sams has previously described his commitment as a soft verbal, but that may have changed as a result of his good time this weekend.

"It most definitely solidified my status (with SMU)," Sams said. "They really showed me a good time. K.C. Nlemchi and Driphus Jackson were the two recruits who I mainly spent time with, but I liked everyone.

"This morning, I had a one-on-one with Coach Jones and he said that I'm the perfect-type player for their offense. He said that if learn the playbook early, then I could get into the rotation as a freshman. He also said that I may be the starting kick returner next year."

Sams led Class 5A St. Paul's to a 12-1 record this fall. He was the leading receiver for the Wolves, who advanced to the quarterfinals before bowing to eventual state champion Acadiana.

The senior hauled in 36 passes for 659 yards, good for a hefty 18.31 yards per catch. He scored six touchdowns and also averaged just under 30 yards per kickoff return.

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