Walk-on as a member of Mike Bloomgren's first recruiting class.
Westlake High School
All District (25-6A) for coach Todd Dodge as both a junior and senior at Westlake, and was a starter for three years on teams that went deep into the Texas 6A playoffs... Reached the finals as a sophomore in 2015 (at NRG Stadium in Houston), the quarterfinals in 2016 and the semifinals last year... Scored a touchdown off a blocked punt in the state title game in 2015... Credited with 62 tackles (42 solo), three interceptions, nine pass breakups and one quarterback hurry as a senior and ended his career with 158 tackles (101 solo), five interceptions, 14 pass breakups, one sack, one hurry, one fumble recovery, one blocked punt and two touchdowns... All-State Academic and two-time All-District Academic... National Honor Society... Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society... Works with Global Volunteers, Alpha Charity League & Top Soccer.
Full name: Matthew Sams... Born: July 20 at Torrance, California... Parents: Paul and Susan Sams... (one brother, one sister)... Rice major: Undeclared... Rice College: TBD