Wednesday was a busy day for St. Thomas More defensive back Sam Scofield. After football practice, the “6-1”, 185 senior headed down to Louisiana’s Ragin’Cajuns football practice and visited with Coach Fouquier. After speaking with him, Sam and his father visited with head coach Rickey Bustle before receiving his third scholarship offer since spring.
Sam Scofield spoke to the Cajun Redzone tonight about his offer from Coach Bustle Wednesday.
“We went to watch the team practice this afternoon,” Sam said. “After practice was over, we walked with Coach Fouquier to the coaches’ office and talked for about 45 minutes. We met with Coach Bustle after and they talked about the direction of the program with us, and how I fit in with what they are doing now on defense. It was tremendous; I really love Lafayette and to get this offer from UL is really great!”
Sam Scofield attended football camps at a number of programs including Alabama, Louisiana, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and ULM. Until this point, Scofield only held offers from McNeese State and Northwestern State. But interest in him increased after an outstanding performance at the National Underclassmen Combine in Baton Rouge, after he was named amongst the outstanding defensive backs in the camp. Even with that performance, it wasn’t until Scofield ran a 4.5 forty at the Cajun camp in Denham Springs, that the staff really took notice of him.
“I had went in during Junior Day and worked out, but I didn’t feel they were really interested at that time,” Scofield stated. “I had been play baseball during the spring and I really wasn’t in football shape. After Evan Tatford received an offer, I was kind of hoping I would get one as well, but it didn’t happen. Coach Fouquier asked me to come to one of their summer camps, so because I was scheduled to attend the Nike Camp at Alabama, we traveled to the Baton Rouge camp to work out.”
It was the performance at the Baton Rouge camp that turned the Cajun’s coaching staff attention towards taking a harder look at Sam Scofield. Since that time, he has spoken to Coach Fouquier several times and after the August non-contact period, was asked to come in to the coaches’ office today.
“One of the things we talked about was the games that I’ve seen at Cajun Field,” Sam stated. “I’ve been to a number of games, but the Southern game last season was just crazy. The crowd and atmosphere was tremendous; it was great to see people enjoying the game and the players getting into the crowd.”
Scofield attended the Cajuns second fall scrimmage last month with current teammate Evan Tatford. Has the number of former STM athletes currently playing for the Cajuns influenced his opinion on the program?
“I’ve talked to Grant Fleming and Lance Kelley a few times, while standing on the sideline at the scrimmages or practices,” Scofield noted. “But I’m still close friends with Andre Huval and Cooper Gerami; we’ve talked about the program and both of them really like it. My parents talk with Cooper’s parents almost daily and he told me that once he settled in, he has enjoyed his short time in the program.”
It’s not just former STM football players that have tried to influence Sam’s decision, but some of his former baseball teammates from little league and high school.
“It’s crazy the number of former teammates that are going to play for the Cajun baseball program,” Sam said. “Jace Conrad, Matt Degrauuw, Austin Robichaux and Cord Cockrell all have played with me on travel teams and the little league world series team. Jace tells me all the time that I need to come to UL with the rest of them. I will have a lot of friends at UL next year and that makes my decision even tougher, because Lafayette is home to me.”
With the offer today, is Sam Scofield ready to commit to the Cajuns now?
“I’m really excited about getting the offer from UL, they are my favorite right now,” Scofield stated. “But I told Coach Bustle that I needed a little time to think about it and talk it over with my family. Several coaches from Tulane are coming to the Sulphur game Friday night to watch me play. ULM and Louisiana Tech both called today about me coming in for a game, so I have a lot to think about right now. But getting an offer from UL today was something I’ve been waiting for all summer.”
As it turns out, Sam Scofield’s patience with the Ragin’Cajuns football staff has finally paid off.