Signee Spotlight: Daniel Sams

Signee Spotlight: Daniel Sams

On the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain sits Slidell, La., home of Daniel Sams of Salmen High School. A Kansas State commitment since March of 2010, Sams never wavered in his decision and signed with the Wildcats at his high school in front of his student body on National Signing Day. Sams talked in-depth of his future in Manhattan.


"We had a big presentation," said Daniel Sams. "We had never had this many players at Salmen sign with Division 1 schools before. Everybody picked up their hats and put them on. It was great having my family there. People in the crowd started chanting ‘K-State!, K-State!'"

Afterward, Sams touched base with his recruiter, Michael Smith, and Bill Snyder. The two men were instrumental in bringing the New Orleans-area star to Manhattan.

"Immediately after I faxed the paper in I called Mike Smith," Sams said. "Coach Smith and Coach Snyder told me they couldn't wait for me to be up there. They told me to do what I need to do the last half of the year in high school, keep hitting the books, and they'd see me soon."

Partway through his junior season at Salmen, Sams was involved in a off-the-field incident that caused him to miss the rest of the season. Later, Sams was fully reinstated by the St. Tammany Parish Board of Education and eligible to play his senior season. Schools like LSU, Miami, and Oregon who were recruiting Sams backed off while Kansas State stayed the course.

"They (Kansas State) wanted to see how I'd bounce back," Sams said. "They wanted to see how I'd face adversity. They continued to call me all the time and ask how things were going.

"Loyalty is very big with me, and Coach Snyder and Coach Smith showed me a lot of respect and loyalty through the whole recruiting process. Schools contacted me about coming in for an official visit, but I respectfully declined and told them I committed to Kansas State and I'm going to keep it."

As a senior, Sams, 6-2, 210, did it all throwing for 577 yards and seven touchdowns, rushing for 579 yards and nine touchdowns, and racking up 518 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He leaded the district in scoring with 114 points. The New Orleans Times Picayune named him Metro Offensive Player of the Year (Large Schools) and 4A All-State honorable mention.

"I did well statistically, but we got beat in the 2nd round of the playoffs," said Sams. "We had hoping on going farther. I'll do anything to contribute and help my team. I think I took on more of a leadership role this year both on-and-off the field. I knew I had a lot of younger people looking up to me because of the position I'm in and wanted to be a positive role model for them."

Although he excels at running back, wide receiver, and special teams, Sams is going to Kansas State to play quarterback.

"We all know that playing quarterback is more of a craft," Sams said. "I'm continuing to develop my mechanics and my technique. It's something you have to work at seven days a week. You have to become a real student of the game.

"I feel blessed with my running ability. Teams in high school played zone waiting on me to run, and I'd kill them with a crossing pattern. The game's much faster in college, and that's something I'll have to adjust to. I'm going in to compete and hopefully play early, but it's all in God's hands."

Sams took his official visit to Kansas State the weekend of January 22nd. He had made four previous visits to Manhattan and has bonded with both current players and members of his recruiting class.

"I know all the guys," said Sams. "I text with Brodrick (Smith) and Tremaine (Thompson). I do a lot of social networking on the internet with my fellow recruits. I can't wait to be in Manhattan. The fans on Twitter have shown me a lot of love and made me feel like a part of the family."

Sams is set to graduate from Salmen on May 9th. He reports a 3.4 GPA. He scheduled to begin classes at Kansas State on June 1st. He plans on majoring in Kinesiology at the university.

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