Sams Shows Out

When you have speed like Jermaine Sams, it's possible to change the complexion of a game at any time. Friday night, Sams provided the game-winning play and he did it in dramatic fashion -- versus a formidable opponent in defending Class 5A state runner-up Archbishop Rummel.

Jermaine Sams is fast. Really fast.

The senior WR/KR from St. Paul's, who averaged well over 20 yards per catch and almost 40 yards per kick return in 2009, broke a 14-14 tie with a dramatic play vs. Archbishop Rummel Friday night.

"I returned a kickoff 95 yards for us to win the game," said Sams following the jamboree. "It was raining and so we didn't pass much; I think I had one catch for about 10 yards. Rummel is a very good team."

The fact that Sams' electric return came against Rummel, a Catholic school located in Metairie, made it even more spectacular. Last year, Rummel went 14-1, losing only to West Monroe in the 5A state championship. The Raiders, known for their prowess on defense and special teams, held opponents to 14-or-fewer points in 12 games last season.

"We've been looking at film of Rummel all week," said Sams prior to Friday night's game. "They're definitely going to be a good test for us before we play Karr in the season opener."

SMU and South Alabama have offered Sams and he's getting interest from Arkansas and Auburn, among other schools.

"SMU officially extended an offer this week. They're sending the scholarship letters out," Sams said. "Coach (Jeff) Reinebold told me that he wants me to be part of their program. He asked me if I would commit, but I'm thinking about waiting until the middle of the season.

"SMU is in my top three, along with Arkansas and Auburn. Arkansas wants me to send my first two game films to them, and I feel good about getting an offer. I get a lot of mail from Auburn - something almost every day - and I'm planning to take an unofficial visit there for the Clemson game."

A week ago, Sams caught six passes for 75 yards and a TD vs. Thibodaux in a preseason scrimmage.

"It was also raining that day and we didn't throw too much," Sams said. "It was a pretty good matchup, going against their cornerback, Cartel Murray."

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