Johnny Sampy caught 14 passes for 184 yards (13.1 per catch) for three touchdowns and had four rushes for 80 yards and two more scores. Sampy is a member of the Houston Chronicle Top 100. Sampy is projected as anything from linebacker to tight
end to receiver for the Gophers.
Sampy said that he really enjoyed his visit to Minnesota.
"They had real nice facilities. The indoor facility was real nice. I thought it was real nice. The players I met were down to earth and cool."
Sampy said that since he is from a Houston suburb, playing in a big city was appealing to him.
"Everything is around. NFL, NBA. There is a lot to do up there."
Sampy said that the Minnesota coaches won him over with their recruiting approach.
"I really liked how concerned they were about academics. That was their main focal point."
"The basketball team had an away game, so we just hung out and they showed the campus and facilities. We went to J.D. Hoyt's, a great meal, and Game Works."
"I committed, so I might as well be committed and not make any other visits.
Sampy said that even though he is from Houston, the weather is not a big concern for him.
"I enjoyed the weather. It was cool, but it was fine."
Sampy tore the ACL and LCL in his right knee during practice the week of his first game.
"It was really tough to be out. I'm used to playing football every year. I was ready for a comeback."
Sampy had played basketball in the past but decided to skip playing this season.
"I thought about playing hoops, but I had my focus on football. Everything was fine, but I wanted to be safe and not take a chances."
Sampy is excited about playing for Minnesota and thinks that his versatility will be an asset.
"I look forward to it. I played safety, running back, wide receiver, nickel back, defensive end and linebacker in high school. "
Wide receiver coach Richard Wilson was in charge of recruiting Sampy.
Galena Park head coach Mike Coker was impressed by Gophers' recruiting efforts on Sampy.
"They went in the back door stole him. They went and did a good job recruiting him. He did not get as much attention as he should have due to the injury."
"You will not find many players more athletic than him. He'll do things that not many have done. The biggest problem is where to play him. He'll be a great player."
Galena Park has produced some outstanding players in recent history. Teammate Trumiane Johnson is ranked as the #12 player in the talent-loaded state of Texas. Johnson committed to LSU. Guard Mike Garcia and running back Albert Hardy are at Texas, strong safety Lamon Means is at Arizona and offensive lineman Corey Laxen is at Rice.
Coker feels that Sampy's best football is still ahead of him.
"He played this year at 75 to 85 percent and he was 'punking' in high school. Before he was hurt, they said he was a helluva of a basketball player."
"He is a good kid who has done a good job here coming back from the knee injury. He was frustrated at times for not playing up to his standards."
Coker said that Sampy is fully qualified with a 3.0 GPA and a 2.7 in his core courses.
Coker feels that Sampy can play just about anywhere on the field, but said that linebacker might be his best spot in college.
"He's just more athletic than most players at that position.
The Gopher defense made some strides this season, but most fans feel that if the defense is going to catch up to their high-powered offense that they need more athletes. Sampy might just be one of those athletes.