"I'm so committed to Kentucky," Hart County's Sam Maxwell said. "It's been a long and tough road and I am just so glad that I am gonna get this opportunity and play some ball too."
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Maxwell is a bit of an unknown to some Wildcat recruiting fans, but make no mistake about it, the kid can play.
"I can be any type of player that they want me to be," Maxwell, whom will take his official visit to Kentucky on the 14th. "I think I can convert to whatever; I can be a heavy hitter or a cover guy. I've played everywhere, so I know how each position plays. Defensive back, tight end, fullback, wide receiver - man you name it, I've played it."
"I've got good speed, but the (UK) coaches say I gotta work on my quickness," Maxwell continued. "They say they need linebackers to come in and play and I'm there guy cause I got that speed they want to play on the outside and I can make those hard hits. I can handle both and I expect to do a lot of good things at linebacker for Kentucky."
Maxwell recorded over 95 tackles and 11 sacks, in route to an All-Northeast Georgia selection this past year as a Tight End.
Asked what put the Cats in front; "It was mostly, Coach Brown," Maxwell answered. "He did a great job of selling the program to me. He has a lot of energy and was really proud of the program and got me real hyped about going there."
"He said that UK's got a real young team and I really liked that about them, because they said I could get some real early playing time. And that's what I want - early playing time. That way I can possibly get looked at by some scouts and take it even further. You gotta be playin' ball to be noticed though and Coach Brown says I will get that chance at Kentucky."
Of the many schools that recruited Maxwell, he said Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Southern, Alabama and South Carolina recruited him the most, with UNC being his lone offer in addition to the 'Cats. Coaches from Clemson were told to have been at one of his more recent games.
"You know, a lot of great players come through around here and a lot of great athletes never get the chance that I'm gonna get," the dual sport star said. "Playing ball at the level I get to play is gonna be something else - I just feel, ya know, fortunate."
But lost in the shuffle of football recruiting season, is the real perspective - college. Sam will be the first in his family to attend and possibly graduate.
"Most important," Maxwell said, "Kentucky's a division 1 school. You just have no idea how much that means to me. Nobody in my family has ever gone to a division 1 school and for me to get a chance to do this for myself and my family. You just have no idea.
For now, Maxwell will focus on his basketball season, where the Hartwell (Ga.) native is currently maturing into a fine player, averaging close to 10 points and recently winning an early season game with a tip-in. Three months later, he'll hope to tip Kentucky in the right direction.
"I think any class can change things," Maxwell stated. "If you got a bunch of kids that are workin' hard and taking things seriously and refuse to listen and accept excuses, you can really change things. Young kids, especially; once they get a feel for each other, can do some special things. If we grow and mature together, the sky is the limit."
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