With over 20 scholarship offers, Sam McGuffie, the 5-foot-11.5, 190-pounder from Cypress, Texas, says he favors (in no order) Texas A&M, Michigan, Florida State and California, but that all that could change with offers from either USC, Ohio State or LSU.
"USC's looking at my tape right now as we speak," said the Cy-Fair High School running back, who is ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 42 prospect. "I want an offer from them so bad. I really like Coach (Ken) Norton. He's a cool dude. He went to UCLA and his dad was a professional boxer. We text each other all the time.
"Great running backs come from USC," McGuffie said. "I've been compared to Reggie Bush before and that's a big deal. I'm going to take a trip there at the beginning of the season hopefully. An offer from SC would be huge. I would definitely be tempted to commit.
"I'm waiting for LSU to offer too," said McGuffie, who credits himself with 4.4 forty speed. "They are really high on my list. Coach (Larry) Porter said he's coming to watch me play. I went up there to the spring game and I was shocked at how slow their running backs were. I know I could go in there and really help the offense out. They really need speed. I think they're going to offer soon. I gave my tape to Coach (Les) Miles personally. So I know he has it. I'm thinking of taking an official visit there later this year.
"I want an offer from Ohio State too," said McGuffie, who benches 340 pounds, squats 500 and power cleans 305. "I'm really waiting for that offer too. Coach (John) Peterson says that he's watching my tape and that he's coming down to check me out. I haven't been there yet. I think I'm going to visit there when I go up to Michigan for my official (visit). It would be a hard decision if I got an offer from Ohio State and USC."
Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Baylor, North Carolina, Miami, Iowa State, Florida State, California, Penn State, Oklahoma State and Boston College have all offered McGuffie, who finished his junior season with 3200 yards and 44 touchdowns.
"I like A&M a lot," he said. "They offered me in December. I like them because they run the ball. I went to their spring game Saturday (April 14) and they rushed for 399 yards. I liked that.
"I talk to Coach (Kenith) Pope and Coach (Dennis) Franchione like every other day," added McGuffie. "They don't have to sell themselves at all. They don't give me any bs…and I like that.
"A&M is ranked at the top, for schools to play for, just because of the fans. They have so much crazy spirit there. You can get a good education there and they take really good care of you after you graduate. It's like a tight family.
"I really like Michigan too," said McGuffie. "My family's from there so I've been to Ann Arbor a couple of times. It's a great campus and a really nice area. You drive in and you don't see anything, then all of a sudden, there is it! It's great.
"Coach (Fred) Jackson texts me every single day. He says that they see me starting and I could be the first white freshman All-American running back. They really need running backs, especially with a couple guys hurt this year. I'm going to take an official there for sure."
McGuffie says he is really interested in California too. "I got my offer from Cal about a month ago. I like how they run the ball. There have been a lot of good backs from Cal. I talk to Coach (Ron) Gould a lot. They want me to come out for a visit. I'm think I'm going out there in a couple of weeks for an unofficial. I'm going to take an official there for sure. I mean, it's California…come on!
"Florida State is another place I'm really looking at," McGuffie said. "I got the offer from them about two weeks ago. I really like Coach (Bobby) Bowden. He's a great coach. They have good production in running backs too.
"Coach (Dexter) Carter, the running back coach, is cool. He played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers. He was a first round draft pick. He also is a track guy and I am too, so we have a lot in common. He knows what it takes to get to the NFL and I could learn a lot from him."
McGuffie, who denies any decision time frame, says he is looking for a school where he can start early. "I want the ball, that's the biggest thing. It's important to me to start early. I want a good team that I can learn from. I don't know. I guess I've got to see it to believe it. I'll know it when I visit.
"I want to take officials to all the California schools for sure, USC, Cal and maybe UCLA," he added. "Also Florida State, LSU and Michigan. Also I think I'm going to take an unofficial to Penn State. I just don't know when yet. All of a sudden, you have all these offers and no time. Everything just happens so fast.
"My playmaking is my biggest strength," said McGuffie, who rushed for 3200 yards and 44 scores last season. "I think of different things to do on the field. I guess you could say I have creativity on the field. I don't do what is expected. I'm sort of spontaneous when I run the ball.
"I want to work on my blocking. We don't block much now so I need to refresh myself for the next level."
McGuffie reports a 3.0 core GPA and is scheduled to take first-time SAT on June 2.