Caleb Sampson

Mizzou Signee Sampson Discusses Decision

Louisiana defensive tackle Caleb Sampson, who was once committed to Tulane, picked Missouri over Kansas State on Signing Day.

Louisiana defensive tackle Caleb Sampson waited until Signing Day to announce his decision between Missouri and Kansas State, which he visited officially during the last weekend in January. 

When it came time to announce, Sampson chose Missouri. 

“I felt at home on that campus when I went,” Sampson told “Going to Mizzou and then K-State, I just felt more at home on (Missouri’s) campus. Plus, Mizzou really needs some D-linemen, so it felt like it was the best situation for me.”

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A 6-foot-4, 270-pounder, Sampson was committed to Tulane months ago when he received the scholarship offer from Missouri. After visiting Mizzou officially in early December, Sampson received an offer from Kansas State.

The defensive tackle took his official visit to check out the Wildcats the weekend before Signing Day, but even though he enjoyed the trip he knew where he wanted to go.

“It made it more difficult,” Sampson said. “Once I went on the K-State visit and all that, I knew Mizzou was the place for me.”

The Covington (La.) High School standout, who recorded 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a senior in 2016, became the third member of Missouri’s 2017 recruiting class from the state of Louisiana, following defensive end Chris Turner and cornerback Adam Sparks.

The trio has gotten to know each other throughout the recruiting process and will get even closer once they report to campus.

“It’s great,” Sampson said. “We all talk to each other weekly and we all plan on being roommates up there. It will be nice having all Louisiana boys together.”

Sampson, Turner and Sparks will all be looking to contribute as freshmen this fall at areas of need for the Tigers. Missouri’s depth at defensive tackle will be challenged this spring because of injuries and lack of returnees.

“They want me to come in and play,” Sampson said of the expectations for him as an incoming freshman. “They really need some D-tackles. Going into spring they only have two (healthy) D-tackles. They’re gonna have to move an end to tackle.”

With the recruiting process now over, officially, Sampson can turn his attention to getting ready to contribute to the Tigers.

“It’s been a long process but I’m just glad I can say it’s over and I can focus on working out and getting my body right to compete in the SEC.”

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