Jeremiah Sams’ left shin still shows a bump that has been there since his sophomore year, but that is the only physical reminder from a broken leg.
Sams, who will enter his senior year as a running back for Eustis, has his explosive speed back. An aggressive worker in the weight room during the off-season, he has put on about 20 pounds of muscle.
And, he has one more thing — his first college offer.
Sams was offered Thursday afternoon by Memphis.
“Getting an offer means a lot to me and my teammates,” Sams said. “They are the ones who motivate me. Well, them and my parents, especially my mother. She pushes me as well.
“When I broke my leg I was a little discouraged. But I have just been working to get 150 percent better.”
Memphis assistant coach Galen Scott, who recruits Central Florida for the Tigers and is the brother of Mount Dora head baseball and assistant football coach Frank Scott, extended the offer to Sams during a phone call Thursday. Scott, who played football at Orlando Evands, has watched tape of Sams.
Sams, and Eustis wide receiver Anthony Allen (6-3, 185), are expected to visit Memphis this summer.
“You couldn’t ask for a better kid,” Eustis coach Mike Hay said. “He is a role model, he has a 3.0 GPA. I really do feel like he has been flying under the radar because of his broken leg. He could have quit but he didn’t. He kept on working. This off season he made all 30 of our workouts.
“He has gotten his speed back down. He has a 295 [pound] bench, a 250 power clean and a 455 squat and he has 4.67 speed in the 40.”
Sams (5-11, 204) suffered the broken leg while playing in a junior varsity game against Tavares as a sophomore and the effects lingered through his junior season. But he still rushed for 1,024 yards. The injury occurred when he planted his foot to make a cut and was hit by two players around his shin.
“As a coaching staff, we really think this offer will open the flood gates for him,” Hay said. “I talked to Brady Hoke at Michigan, who I played for [at Ball State], and he looked at the film and is interested. We also have sent film to other schools.”
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