6-3, 225, Fr-HS,
Hartwell, Ga. (Hart County)
Blossomed as a college prospect during his senior season at Hart County HS in Hartwell, Ga. … Fine athlete who also earned a reputation as a hard hitter … Played two years on the varsity … Started during his senior season, playing inside and outside linebacker on defense and tight end, wide receiver, fullback, and tailback on offense … Totaled 98 tackles during senior season, including 24 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks … Caused four fumbles and had an interception … Named all-area for Northeast Georgia … Team went 8-3 and played in the Class AAA state playoffs … Won the team's Coaches Award for overall effort, attitude, and performance … Coached by Joby Scroggs … "Kentucky is signing an athlete. Sam has as much ability as I've ever seen," Scroggs said. "He has tremendous speed, hands, and vertical jump. We had a lot of injuries this year, so we played Sam at six different positions. He's an explosive hitter. Some people just tackle; Sam hits." … Also played basketball while at Hart County … Chose Kentucky over North Carolina.