Caleb Sampson

Tulane Commit Picks Up SEC Offer

Louisiana defensive lineman Caleb Sampson received an offer from Missouri on Wednesday.

Northlake Christian High School (Covington, La.) senior defensive lineman Caleb Sampson wasn’t too surprised when he received a scholarship offer from Missouri on Wednesday. 

Sampson, a 6-foot-4, 285-pounder who committed to Tulane in late June, thought he might be getting one after talking to the Tigers defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.

“It was exciting,” Sampson told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I mean I’ve been talking to the coaches from Missouri for a while and been kind of expecting it.”

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Sampson said he knew Missouri had interest in him from talking to Shipp.

“They’ve been liking me,” he said. “They’ve just been waiting to get my film in front of the head coach and the defensive coordinator and stuff to get the OK on the offer.” 

The Louisiana standout received that offer from Missouri director of recruiting A.J. Ofodile on Wednesday.

What do the Tigers like about him? 

“Coach Shipp said that he really liked my feet and said I’ve got good hands,” Sampson said, “and I could either play in between the tackles or I could play defensive end. He said I could be a good player for them on the D-line.”

Sampson moves around on Northlake Christian’s defensive line. He’ll line up inside and outside for his high school team’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

How does this offer change recruiting and his commitment to Tulane? 

“It’s another option for me to look at,” Sampson said. “I mean I’m taking it slow, just really making sure I make the right decision and visit places and all that so I can be positive with my decision.”

Sampson said he hasn’t taken any officials yet and doesn’t have any set up at this time, but he will likely take some visits sometime in December after his high school season is finished. 

When committed to Tulane, he was also considering Texas-San Antonio, Southern Mississippi and Colorado State

Why did he choose Tulane? 

“The new coaching staff,” Sampson said. “I really liked Coach (Willie) Fritz and his philosophy and how he really changed the program at Tulane. They are doing a whole lot better this year. I like the school. You can’t beat the education at Tulane. And it’s close to home.”

Besides the offer from Missouri and the previously mentioned schools, Sampson also has offers from Troy, Ball State, Stephen F. Austin and Southern Illinois.

How big was getting his first offer from a Southeastern Conference school? 

“It’s a big deal,” Sampson said. “It’s everybody’s childhood dream to play SEC football but I’m not going to just make my decision off the SEC. I’m going to make the right decision off playing time, coaching and if I like the school or not and if I’d like to play in it.”

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