COLLEGE STATION, Texas – On the opening day of the Texas State 7 on 7 Tournament, the small schools took the stage. One of the more impressive physical prospects on Thursday afternoon was Hitchcock High School linebacker Michael Sam. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Sam lined up a linebacker for one of the most talented teams of the day.
Though Hitchcock got knocked out of the tournament earlier than expected, Sam still has high expectations for the real football season.
"Everybody's coming back except like two guys," Sam said. "We're ready to go. We're ready to win state this year."
Until the season starts, Sam will be closing out the summer with a couple of camps.
"I'll be staying here until Sunday and I'll be hitting the Texas A&M camp Sunday," he said. "I think I'm heading to Houston in a few weeks on the 25th. I'm hearinf rom all over, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Houston."
Currently, Sam has three scholarship offers from Colorado State, Arizona State and Houston but Texas A&M is the school that sits atop his list.
"If A&M offers, I'd strongly consider going here," he said. "It's close to home. I like the environment. I like the tradition. I think it's a fun place to be. Even if they don't offer it's cool but if they offer I would strongly, strongly consider them."
With Sam's frame, Sam has the ability to play at both linebacker and defensive end and he is being recruited at both.
"Some schools are recruiting me as a linebacker some are recruiting me as a defensive end," he said. "It doesn't matter to me where I play as long as I get a full ride to play football."