On Tuesday, Sampson committed to the Orange, giving them a four-star prospect in the class and a kid who earned his way to The Opening Finals.
It also gives them a kid from Michigan, a state where they got Eric Crume, Ron Thompson, Parris Bennett and Allen Stritzinger from.
It is not a stretch to say that in three years of watching Sampson at camps, I have seen him lose a single-digit number of reps. That is incredible considering the fact that one-on-one pass rush drills at camps are generally slanted towards the defense. Sampson is very technically sound. He plays with excellent balance, his punch is strong, and his hand placement and overall technique with his hands is very good. He is not a kid that will blow anyone away with quickness, but he is quick enough, has coordinated feet and a very strong base. In a manner of speaking, him not being a "pretty" looking kid -- he is 6-foot-2, 329 pounds, not 6-foot-6, 290 pounds -- kept him from some major offers. Throw that out the window though. He is a football player and a very good one. He is a violent kid who plays to the whistle. He is a great kid, a team leader, a hard worker, and he has always been productive even starting on the varsity as a freshman.
I have little doubt that Sampson will have a good career at Syracuse. He is an elite technician with strength and intangibles and a pure center. He is not a "wow" type of combine athlete, but he is a fantastic football player.