Miami football gets crystal ball for Tulane S Andre Sam

Dec 19, 2022; Conway, South Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2022; Conway, South Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports /

Chris Hummer a national writer for 247 Sports has logged a crystal ball for Tulane safety Andre Sam to the Miami football program. Sam is close to new Miami defensive coordinator Lance Guidry. Sam played for Guidry at FCS McNeese State where was the head coach and Marshall and Tulane where he was DC.

Sam transferred to Marshall from McNeese State in 2022 and to Tulane for the 2023 season. When Guidry was hired by Tulane in January, Sam followed him to New Orleans. Sam reentered the transfer portal last week. Miami seeks depth at safety with only three scholarship players at the position entering the 2023 season.

In one season at Marshall, Sam had 53 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and one fumble recovery. At McNeese State Sam was named first-team All-Southland Conference twice. Sam is a versatile athlete that played offense and defense in high school as well as running track.

Miami will have competition for Sam. Sam tweeted on Friday that he has received an offer from LSU. In four seasons at McNeese State Sam had 179 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, five interceptions, 20 pass breakups and a forced fumble. Sam would provide depth behind Kamren Kinchens and James Williams.

At 6’1, 180 pounds, Sam would provide excellent length for the Miami football program at safety behind Kinchens and Williams. Redshirt freshman Markeith Williams is the sole true safety Miami has to back Kinchens and James Williams in the 2023 season. Sam has one season of eligibility remaining.

Sam had his best game for Marshall versus their only Power Five opponent in 2022 Notre Dame. In a 26-21 upset at Notre Dame Sam had 10 tackles, 0.5 TFLs and one pass breakup. At McNeese State Sam had three tackles versus Oklahoma State in 2019 and five tackles with a PBU at LSU in 2021.

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The 2020 FCS season was pushed back to spring 2021 and McNeese State did not play a Power Five opponent. Sam has proved he can compete against Power Five opponents in his three career games at that level. Miami received a key commitment on Friday from former Alabama and Louisville wide receiver Ty Harrell.