Linebacker Likes Two In-State

North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall High School is not a frequent stop of Division I recruiters. The Vikings have yielded few football players into the scholarship ranks at the next level, but they have a dandy this year in linebacker Sam Weinberger. The two-sport athlete camped at The Farm this summer, though not for football. He was offered soon after by Walt Harris. Here is his latest...

North Hollywood, Calif., linebacker Sam Weinberger (6-2.5, 230, 4.7) is looking for the opportunity to play both football and baseball during his collegiate career.

"Baseball is a very big part of the decision that I make," said Weinberger, of Campbell Hall High School. "I would like to try playing both sports."

He continued, "I want to play football for the entire four years, and after the first or second year start trying to play both sports. That's a lot of the reason why I have a diverse group of schools in mind."

In order of preference, Weinberger listed Stanford, USC, Nevada, Columbia and UCLA. "Stanford is the only that has offered so far, but I have been talking with the coaches at the other schools, and they have shown a lot of interest in me. I know that Nevada is definitely planning on offering -- they told me they are going to. Stanford and USC have really good baseball programs, too. That's a lot of the reason why they are my top two choices.

"Stanford has told me that I am their number one recruit at linebacker. The education at Stanford being one of the top schools in the world is very impressive, too. The campus is very nice. I was there this past summer for a baseball camp and it was just amazing! I would be looking at Stanford more for their academics than for their football program, while the opposite would hold true for USC -- though, they have a good academic reputation as well. Stanford has a new coach in [Walt] Harris and he is in the process of rebuilding the program. I think next year with the new coach they could get back to that glory of being one of the top contenders in the Pac 10. Also, I'd like to stay around California," Weinberger expressed.

"USC I talk with a little bit. I go to USC games all the time -- they give me tickets for the games. I'm always in the locker room after the games and talk with the players. One of my former teammates is a walk-on there, Matthew Jordan [cornerback], and he is on the team as a true freshman. So, I am comfortable with the players.

"USC, of course, is appealing because they are the number one football in the country, and they are close to home. My brother went to USC.

"I like the East Coast and the Ivy League, so I became interested in Columbia. My dad went there. I may be able to go in there and try to start my freshman year and have fun playing right away," Weinberger explained.

He continued, "Nevada has me as their number one linebacker choice. They have a good football program and they are kind of near home, but a little bit away. It's near Tahoe, and I like the snow.

"They are really interested in me. I get a lot of calls from them. I guess I am interested in them because they have shown so much interest in me.

"I grew up around UCLA. My family has always kind of been UCLA fans. My dad is friends with the basketball coaches, so we got to go to games a lot. But, once my brother went to USC, we kind of changed over to USC fans," he said.

He said he plans to set up officials "as soon as the season winds down."

Campbell Hall (7-3) travels to Riverside on Nov. 18 to play the California School for the Deaf in the first game of playoffs. On the season, Weinberger has 70 tackles and six sacks. "They use me for short yardage all the time," he added, "so I have about 300 yards rushing from that as well as seven touchdowns."

3.8 GPA/26 ACT/Dec. 3 SAT


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