Sampson to Take Visits Prior to Decision

San Mateo defensive back Joe Sampson has two scholarship offers, one from BYU and the other from Utah. He will be taking official visits to both schools in order to help him decide between the two.

Having prepped at Skyline High School located in Oakland, California, Joe Sampson attended San Mateo Junior College after attending Foothill Junior College during the 2007-08 season. This year Sampson will elect to use his redshirt to save a year of eligibility while he finishes up with a few classes in the fall.

"My two years are up and so I'm done with football at the junior college level," said Sampson. "I'm just getting ready to finish off these couple of classes I need to take in the fall. After I finish up my classes then I'll make a decision between BYU and Utah."

Following completion of his fall classes, Sampson will choose one of those two schools and will enroll in January.

Though Sampson plans on visiting both BYU and Utah, he doesn't know when he will do so.

"They're two great programs. I'll definitely take my visits to both schools before I make a decision. I'm not sure when I'll do that and still have to call them and set up those dates. I don't really know too much about them. I just know they're two successful programs. So, I want to take my trips before I make a decision. I'll probably set those up next month for sure."

There's a good chance that when Sampson visits BYU, his cousin Brian Logan will be his host.

There are a few things in particular that Sampson will be paying close attention to when he visits the Cougar and Ute campuses.

"I would have to say I'll be looking at the coaching staff for sure," Sampson said. "I'll also be looking at the team itself and how they go about things. I want to see how the coaches are with the players and how I would fit in with the schemes."

One reason why Sampson left Foothill for San Mateo was because he didn't feel comfortable at Foothill, and he'll be looking at both BYU and Utah to see if they are places his enjoys being at.

"I'm also going to be looking at the environment and want to feel comfortable where I'm at," Sampson said. "It's just going to be kind of a feel thing for me, a place where I feel comfortable."

While on his visits, Sampson plans on also taking a look at the quality of academics both schools have to offer.

"I don't have a major right now and I'm just taking my general ed. I was thinking about studying business in college though. That's something I'm interested in."

During his sophomore year last season, Sampson led his team with 72 tackles, 13 pass breakups and two interceptions while playing safety as well as cornerback when needed.

Sampson has spoken with his Cougar cousin Brian Logan about the college experience, and said Logan hasn't really twisted his arm regarding where he should go.

"He just wants me to make a good decision," Sampson said about Logan. "He's not forcing me to go either way, but he is telling me what I need to know. He's very positive about BYU, always."

So what has Logan said about his experience at BYU?

"He said BYU was a great place and they treat him well," said Sampson. "He likes the spotlight and he said he feels really comfortable up there. He said the people treat him really good."

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