SMU may be full at linebacker this year, but recruiting at the position for the Class of 2014 is just beginning, and the Mustangs are off to a fast start. Earlier this week, an offer was extended to Allen (TX) linebacker Christian Sam.
"I was so happy when I got it," Sam said. "Coach (Tom) Mason came up to the school and watched me practice. He offered me on the spot and told me about how he's liked me from the first day he saw me. He also just told me to keep my grades up. It was a great feeling."
Sam has been in contact with the SMU defensive coordinator since the spring and also attended a camp at SMU over the summer. With another year to go, Sam hopes his relationship with Mason will continue to grow.
"Coach Mason is a really cool coach. I met him in the spring, and he's kept in touch ever since," Sam said. "He's really funny and a guy I think I would like to play for. I hope I can get to know him more."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has received heavy interest from Arizona, Arkansas State and Iowa State but SMU is his lone offer. Sam says the Ponies are high on his list especially after taking an unofficial visit earlier this season.
"I know SMU is a good school, and they are high up there," Sam said. "I was there for the Southern Miss game, and my mom really liked it. I loved the way the players played, and I loved the atmosphere. They have a really nice campus and facilities."
During their conversation, Mason informed Sam that he could play three different positions on the Hilltop. Sam says his natural position is inside linebacker, but SMU is also looking at him as an outside linebacker or safety.
The junior has racked up 45 tackles, eight sacks and one forced fumble this season and has led Allen to the third round of the Texas high school football state playoffs. His Eagles will take on Round Rock Westwood this Saturday, and Sam is expecting a victory.
"We've seen film on them, and we are really preparing for this game," Sam said. "They are a sound team, but I believe we can win. We have a very special group, and we are focused on state."
Sam added that he is in no rush to make commit to a school anytime soon but will start taking the recruiting process more seriously after the season.
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