"I made my mind up about a week ago that I was going to do this," Sampson said. "I came out there so I could do it at the right time. Do it today. On top of that, I know they really want me. I know that the coaching staff really wants me to come there. I would fit in good there because I have a good relationship with everybody."
Over the past week, Sampson was not the only person who knew of his intentions. While he did let one Syracuse assistant know, the news was kept from the head coach in order to provide a surprise during his visit.
"I told coach Reynolds about a week ago that I was going to do it," Sampson said. "But I told him to keep it a secret and he kept it a secret between him and coach Lynch. Today I told coach Babers, and that was the big news and excitement."
The relationships with the Syracuse coaches proved to be the biggest factor in his Sampson's decision. Syracuse offered the four-star lineman in March of 2016. For the past year-plus, the Orange coaching staff, led by offensive line coach/co-offensive coordinator Mike Lynch and defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds, has spent the last year building a bond with Sampson.
In the end, those efforts paid major dividends.
"That was a major part of my decision, because without relationships there's really nothing," Sampson said. "I really needed that good relationship with those two guys and coach Babers to make that decision and commit."
With the excitement of the commitment comes some trepidation. Sampson is from Michigan, and the big in-state schools could come calling at a later date. Good news Orange fans. Sampson says even if Michigan and/or Michigan State offer down the road, he is sticking with Syracuse.
In fact, he has big goals for his career with SU. He wants fans to know he will give them everything he has.
"They can expect from me some hard work," Sampson said. "We're just working hard towards winning that ACC Championship."
Another factor in Sampson's decision to pick Syracuse? The Dino Babers offense of course.
"I'm attracted to it," Sampson said. "I'm ready to adapt to it because what I run in high school is similar to that but it's not as fast as that tempo. I'm just ready to get into it and get ready."
Another part of getting ready is the potential to enroll early, something Sampson plans to do.