BYU interested in another Sampson

Nathan Sampson, the younger brother of spring game hero Bryan Sampson, is receiving some early recruiting attention. It's unusual for any Sampson not to receive a Division I scholarship to play football, and Nathan is looking to follow in his two older brothers' footsteps in that regard.

Nathan Sampson is a 6-foot-2-inch, 230-pound middle linebacker prospect from Pleasant Grove High School just north of Provo, Utah. His older brother Bryan just received his mission call to Santiago, Chile, but is leaving in quite the fashion, having caught the game-winning touchdown during this past spring game.

"We were so happy for him," said Nathan. "I mean, what better way to leave on your mission than that? He's all pumped now and sort of wants to stay and play, but he's obviously excited for his mission and knows that's the best thing for him to do."

Nathan would love to follow in Bryan's path and go on to play for BYU.

"We've always played together as kids and it would be incredible to play with him at BYU for sure," Nathan said.

He's also been able to play alongside Austin Heder, who signed with BYU this past February and will be joining the program this coming fall. Heder has all of Nathan's respect, and he hopes to emulate what Heder brought to the field this coming season.

"He's an incredible player and a heck of a good kid," Nathan said about Heder. "He's a perfect fit for BYU, that's for sure."

BYU has been sending Nathan letters, calling him and paying visits to his school, and are anxious to do further evaluations of him this summer during their upcoming Junior Day on June 3 and their weekly camps.

"I've talked a lot to Coach Tidwell and he talks about how he wants to see how I've improved on my speed and other things this summer," related Nathan. "They're interested for sure and it would be great to get an offer from them."

Nathan's other older brother, Colt, played for Utah. The Utes have expressed early interest in Nathan as well.

"Coach Sitake was just down here last week and we talked a lot. It was great hearing from Utah. We sort of switched from a Utah family to a BYU family after Bryan went to BYU, but we all still like Utah too and have a lot of respect for their program."

The interest doesn't end with both BYU and Utah, however, as Nathan has received letters and calls from such programs as UCLA and Colorado. UCLA recently visited his school.

"They came up here to see Brandon Fanaika, who is a huge recruit already with a lot of offers," explained Nathan. "It's great because they're able to find out about me too and I talked a lot to the UCLA coach. He told us of how their campus is just 15 minutes from the beach, so that sounded great."

As of right now, he's well aware that his upcoming camp performances will largely dictate whether he receives the type of offers his two older brothers did out of high school. He recently showed well on one of the two 7-on-7 teams from Utah in Las Vegas.

"I was on the team coached by Logan's head coach," he related. "We started off pretty bad, but then we got it together and made it to the semi-finals. I really wish we could have won and that Coach Peck's team could have won, so it would have been Utah against Utah in the finals. That would have been great for our state to be sure."

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