Sampson back in fold

The decision is in again for JaKarr Sampson, and he is back in the fold in the Big East.

In what will go down as a bit of a surprise on the recruiting trail, Jakarr Sampson has made his decision. All season long it seemed Sampson was focused on Florida, Kansas, and Providence, but at the end of the day his heart was at St. John's.

While at home for spring break with his family, Sampson came to the conclusion that re-committing to the Red Storm was the right thing for him.

"I called Coach (Steve) Lavin tonight told him I coming back to St. John's," said Sampson.

Originally Sampson committed to the Red Storm as a member of the 2011 class, but he didn't make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse and did a prep year at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy.

Even with that, Sampson said St. John's was just always the right place for him.

"Honestly St. John's was the perfect place for me," said Sampson. "Even when I left and was talking to other schools St. John's was always in my heart and it is just the perfect situation for me."

St. John's received a commitment last week from Felix Balamou. He is their lone commitment in the 2012 class after de-commitments from Darrick Wood and Ricardo Gathers. Now Sampson is the second commitment for the Red Storm and a big one as he is ranked No. 38 in the country.

Along with a talented freshman class, Sampson feels he can help the Red Storm make big strides next season.

"I feel like I can come in and be an impact player," said Sampson. "I know I can help them get back to the NCAA Tournament and do better in the Big East. It is just the perfect situation for me."

Sampson had made an official visit to Kansas for their game against Missouri, and also strongly considered Florida and Providence before deciding that St. John's was the right place for him.

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