Jan 23, 2014
After being named the Cap 8 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year this past season, Millbrook defensive lineman Sam Blue verbally committed to Georgetown on Thursday night.
Blue recently completed an official visit to Georgetown and he said the trip made the decision for him.
"I just loved it when I was on my official visit. It fit me perfectly," he said. "I got along well with all the players who are there already, I got along well with all the coaches, and I just loved the area."
As a senior at Millbrook, Blue had a monster a season. Playing primarily along the defensive front, Blue posted 118 solo tackles, 51 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks, nine forced fumbles, nine pass breakups, and scored two defensive touchdowns.
His performance all season not only earned him conference honors, but also regional and state honors. Millbrook finished the season with a 10-4 overall record, falling to conference foe Wake Forest – the eventual state runner-up – in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-AA state playoffs.
"It was a really great season for us, even though it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to in the end," Blue said. "We were more like a family this year, which is why I think we were more successful."
Georgetown is not recruiting Blue as a defensive lineman though, instead they want him to become an outside linebacker.
"I didn't play a lot of (outside linebacker) in high school, but I definitely feel like I can grow into the position," Blue said. "The coaches like that I'm a high motor kid, that I have great size, and they like that I can make plays."
While Georgetown isn't too far away from home, it is a trip to get to the school from Raleigh. Blue said the distance from home was something he was concerned about, but those concerns were eased after his visit.
"I did have mixed feelings. I didn't want to go too far from home, but once I went to Georgetown I felt like it was a good place for me to be if I wasn't going to be at home," he said.
No matter how far away from home he is, Blue said there is a lot he will take from his time at Millbrook.
"Everything I learned – the character that I built, and the great people I met, from teachers to my teammates – it's a great place to be," he said.
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