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37 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Sam Sizelove

In which BracketCat counts down the 37th day until kickoff with a profile of linebacker Sam Sizelove.

The last guy to wear No. 37, Braden Wilson, was a pretty tough guy. So is Sam Sizelove.
The last guy to wear No. 37, Braden Wilson, was a pretty tough guy. So is Sam Sizelove.
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#37 Sam Sizelove
True Freshman
6-3 | 230
Argyle, Texas


Position: Linebacker

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Samuel "Sam" Sizelove (b. June 18, 1995) is a three-star linebacker who carries the potential to be our starting middle linebacker of the future. I expect him to redshirt this season and start making noise within two years.

Sizelove played for Argyle High School under head coach Todd Rodgers, was named the Defensive MVP of Texas District 10-3A and was a two-time honorable mention all-state pick by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors.

He was viewed as the 25th-best inside linebacker in the nation by and ranks No. 29 at

Sizelove also ranked 88th on Rivals' Texas Top 100 list and helped the Eagles to win the 2013 Texas 3A State Championship. He had more than 100 tackles in his senior season. You can watch his high school highlights here.

Ultimately, I think Sizelove committed to K-State because of Bill Snyder. Here's what he told

"Coach Bill Snyder stood out most. He seemed like a really good guy who cared more about you than just you being a football player."

"He wants you to grow into a good man and a good husband after graduating," Sizelove continued.

"That was a really good thing for my Dad to hear because he knows that's the type of coach who is going to take care of me."

It's hard to contain excitement about this kid's prospects when you read quotes such as these from his coach:

"Sam is a very physical Mike linebacker," Rodgers says. "He has the foot speed to play sideline to sideline and has improved his lateral quickness.

"I have videoed him at legit 4.6 speed and that's with him up to about 225 pounds now and 6-foot-4 and a half."

I just wish Sizelove's buddy and high school teammate, safety prospect Connor Wilson, had stayed committed to the Wildcats instead of defecting to Texas Tech. Those two would have made a hell of a package deal.