Sam McGuffie: 2008 RB Has Tremendous Upside

Cy-Fair running back Sam McGuffie, since being inserted into the starting lineup halfway through his sophomore year, has excelled in the Bobcat backfield. Several schools have already jumped onto the McGuffie bandwagon and many more are soon to follow.

"I get a lot of mail," Sam McGuffie said. "I get a lot of letters from Kansas State. At one point, I got five letters at one time. I've gotten letters from Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, LSU, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin. I even got one from Dartmouth College."

McGuffie is also hearing from several Texas schools including Rice, UTEP, and Houston. Over the summer, he attended camps at each of the three schools mentioned above and also at TCU and Baylor. Needless to say, this kid is making a name for himself.

The 5-foot-10.5, 179 pound McGuffie started only six games as a sophomore but still put up some excellent numbers. He gained 1,000 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He led his district in kickoff return yards and yards per carry. He also won the 5A State Championship for long jump and has a 46-inch vertical leap. However, McGuffie's excellent speed is what sets him apart from other running backs.

"At the combine at U of H (Houston), I didn't run my 40 as fast as I wanted," McGuffie said. "But at the UTEP camp, I ran a 4.26 and a 4.29."

McGuffie talked about what makes him such a special back.

"My quickness," McGuffie said. "When I'm on the field, I think I can score on every play. I just need a little crease. I'm not the biggest dude but it takes more than one person to tackle me. It takes two or three people to bring me down. Even if there is no hole to run through, I will gain at least four yards."

McGuffie is wide open as far as the schools that he is interested in, but location will definitely not factor into his final decision.

"I'm not like the same ole same ole kid. I don't really care about staying close to home at schools like Texas, Texas A&M, or Baylor," McGuffie said. "I have lived in Texas my whole life and I want to see different places. I would like to go to the west coast or the east coast, maybe Florida. I also like the mountains. I want to go to a team with good players that will make me a great college football player."

McGuffie established a Pac-10 school as his overall favorite.

"USC," McGuffie said. "I get the white Reggie Bush a lot. I like to make plays. I make the kind of plays you never see."

"I'm looking for the school that fits me best," McGuffie said. "The school that can get the most production out of me and hopefully make me one of the best college football players in the nation."

McGuffie certainly got his junior campaign off to a bang by rattling off 293 rushing yards and a touchdown against Stratford High School this past weekend.


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