Sam completes camp circuit

Mandell Sam

Mandell Sam made several camps this summer, including stops at LSU and ULM. The 2014 WR from Opelousas also attended camp with the local Ragin' Cajuns in Lafayette. Read further as Sam discusses those events and more.

Mandell Sam participated in both the June and July camps at LSU.

"Their coaches are going to keep in touch," Sam said of the Tigers. "I talked to a few guys from Lutcher after the first LSU camp. People were saying how good I did."

He enjoyed UL's camp in Lafayette last weekend.

"I liked it," Sam said. "Coach (Larry) Dauterive (former Opleousas head coach) called and said he had talked with the UL coaches at a clinic. He said they like me. I really like it there. They have nice facilities."

Sam recently camped with ULM.

"Coach (Bryan) Applewhite and another ULM coach said they recruit down south in my area," he recounted. "They plan on coming down to south Louisiana soon.

"The camp was short with everybody getting four or five reps during one-on-one's, but I did go against some good defensive backs. Two of the best DBs were from Winnfield, which played John Curtis in the (2A) state finals last year. One of them was a safety and the other a cornerback."

Class 4A Opleousas struggled through a 1-9 season in 2011, although Sam (60 rec., 700 yards) was a decided bright spot for the Tigers.

"We're working hard to make the playoffs," Sam said. "We're putting in a lot of work in the weight room and with overall conditioning. I'd like to get 1,000 receiving yards this year with more catches."

Sam and his teammates scrimmage Livonia in less than three weeks. The Tigers host the 3A Eunice Bobcats in week one (Aug. 31).

Eunice took last year's matchup by a 35-21 margin.

Sam, like many Louisiana athletes, is a versatile prospect capable of lining up at multiple positions. He played WR, RB, QB and DB as a sophomore and could be recruited for offense or defense in college.

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