Sam Outlaw met Kennesaw State football coaches for the first time at the South Forsyth High School field house last Wednesday. He took an official visit to Kennesaw State on Saturday and committed four days later, announcing the decision to suit up for the Owls on Twitter.
“I am very excited to say I'm committing to play D1 football at Kennesaw State University. Glory to God!,” Outlaw posted Thursday evening.
Outlaw also held an offer from Division-II Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory N.C., but chose to quickly make a commitment to Kennesaw State based on the opportunity to play in college football's top division. Kennesaw State went 6-5 and 2-4 in the Big South in its inagural season this past fall.
“(Head coach Brian Bohannon) sort of just dropped it on me,” Outlaw said. “I was thinking it wasn't going to happen. It was my first D-I FCS offer. I was just really proud, happy, excited, and didn't really say anything.”
Outlaw could have waited to see if other schools would give him a look over the next few months, but he attributed his quick commitment to loyalty.
“They were the first D-I team to believe in me,” Outlaw said. “That meant a lot for me.
“I sat down with my Dad and he said, 'Is there any other school that would offer you and you would want to go there more than Kennesaw State?' I said no. I just loved it.”
Outlaw said he had not been to Kennesaw State, located less than an hour away, until his weekend trip to meet the coaches, tour the facilities and stroll campus.
“I always heard it was a nice school, I just really never paid attention to it. I got there and everything looks so new, so beautiful. I don't know how to describe it. It's a really nice place,” Outlaw said.
Outlaw, who earned the starting role at tailback for the War Eagles in 2015 after playing fullback for Tyler LaFlamme (now at Auburn), rushed for 1,153 yards on 172 carries and scored 14 touchdowns, helping South reach the state quarterfinals. His longest run of the season—an 87-yard, untouched sprint—came in the team's 42-35 upset over Tucker in the second round.
Outlaw will play b-back for the Owls in a triple-option style offense, which he says isn't foreign to him.
“We actually ran that offense the first two years I was here at South, so it's nothing new to me. I'm comfortable in it. I like running between the tackles anyway,” Outlaw said.