Sample Lands Elusive Offers

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant safety James Sample is one of the top safety prospects in the nation. In the last week, he has added two offers that have eluded him all spring – Cal and Oregon. Check inside for the latest in recruitment, including his interest in playing with his Grant teammates at the next level…

James Sample (6-2, 190) finally has the offers to weigh against his top school. With California and Oregon in the picture, Sample plans to evaluate them with his longtime leader Washington.

"I got the Oregon offer last Thursday," said Sample. "Cal offered me Friday after working out at their camp. Cal is like my second [favorite]. But I haven't really talked to Oregon."

Last Friday, Sample was in Berkeley for the Golden Bears three-day camp. He did nothing more than workout in shorts and t-shirts since his high school coach wouldn't release him and his teammates pads for the full-contact camp. "Cal is cool, it was fun out there," he added.

But Sample says it wasn't as good as his trip to Washington was mainly because he couldn't strap on the pads and hit at Cal.

"Cal was cool but I wanted to hit but Coach Al (Grant head coach Mike Alberghini) wouldn't release our pads," said Sample. "I went down to Washington June 13. It was cool there for the 7-on-7 and 1-on-1."

Sample says the extra offers – his 9th and 10th – are making the recruiting process more difficult. "I already told all the colleges that I'm deciding after the season is over," he added.

"After UW and Cal, I don't really have a number three. All these schools offer me but I don't talk to them. I talk to [RB] Coach [Jamie] Christian from Arizona State some but that's it."

One school he hasn't heard much from but would like to is Miami. "I like their strong history with safeties, Ed Reed and Sean Taylor," Sample said.

But the true big factor in his recruitment is the opportunity to play with his Grant teammates in college. Five-star defensive tackle Viliami Moala, aka Tiny and 2012 defensive back Shaquille Thompson also visited and worked out at the Cal camp on Friday with Sample.

"That's important me," Sample said of playing with Moala and Thompson. "We all want to go to the same college. We all want to play on the same team."

Nevertheless, Sample says he won't let that be the determining factor in his recruitment. He says UW remains his No. 1 school, and if proves to be the best fit for him, he has no qualms going solo to UW. "One of my old teammates, Jordan Wallace, goes to UW, so I know someone there. I have no problem going there [without my teammates]."

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