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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sam gets comfortable with Sooners

By Bob Przybylo

At this time last year, Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish was still getting comfortable. He was still trying to adjust to the move from Arizona to OU, and he wasn’t very familiar with a lot of the top regional linebacker prospects.

That’s not the case now. Kish has done his homework, and it’s clear he wants Christian Sam (Allen, Texas/Allen) to be one of his recruits for the Class of 2014.

Sam, who is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, was one of several recruits at OU on Saturday for the Sooners’ second junior day.

“It was a great experience,” Sam said. “It was good to see the weight room and see how they treat their athletes. That was really nice. They’ve put a lot of players in the NFL, and you see how it’s produced and all the hard work it takes.”

Sam came with linebacker teammate Tay Evans and some OU fans were hopeful to land both Allen prospects. Sam had an offer coming into the event; Evans was still waiting to see if he would get one.

Evans didn’t, and Sam said the plan never would have been to commit on the spot, no matter what happened.

“Even if I really wanted to, that was never what I was going to do,” Sam said. “I told my coaches that I wouldn’t commit right there. I would have to go home and discuss with my parents and my coaches and things like that.”

But there’s no doubt that after his visit to OU, the Sooners are near the top of his list. What made his experience was memorable was his interaction with Kish.

Sam wasn’t just there to watch practice. He said because of the way Kish conducted things, it was almost as if he was out there, too.

“Coach Kish let me be around him when he was coaching the linebackers,” Sam said. “He would show us what we would do and how he was doing things. And he was telling us why he was doing those things. It was almost like doing the drills, too.

“It was a nice tempo to the practice and everything was really organized well. It’s a first-class organization the entire way.”

Sam said the visit was so thorough that he didn’t have any questions for the players and coaches. But it was great to meet OU coach Bob Stoops.

“He was real cool, real laid back,” Sam said. “But when it’s time to get down to business, he doesn’t mess around. I liked that he could have fun but also knew the difference between having fun and getting serious.”