North Mesquite Receivers Shine at Combine

SAN ANTONIO -- A tandem of wide receivers from North Mesquite High School was very impressive Friday during the U.S. Army National Combine. Daymond Patterson and Lanear Sampson showed great speed, route running and hands during the first day of the combine. Patterson and Sampson talked recruiting with Inside Texas.

"I've got Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Alabama and Auburn," Lanear Sampson said when asked about the schools that are showing interest. "I got a couple of letters from Texas. I've gotten a couple of things from Texas, but nothing to big."

"I have Iowa, TCU and SMU. Illinois has sent some things," Daymond Patterson said.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Sampson is the bigger and more physical of the two receivers from Mesquite, Texas. He is a physical receiver and showed great athleticism during the combine. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Patterson is quick as a cat and runs great routes. He was one of the only receivers at the combine that beat Cissoko Boubacar, arguably the best cover corner at the combine, in one-on-on drills. Both Sampson and Patterson talked about what makes them successful on the football field.

"I'm real physical. If somebody is trying to jam me, it's going to be hard to jam me because I use my hands real well. I'm not as quick as Daymond, but I use my hands real well. Daymond doesn't have to use his hands as much as I do because he is real quick," Sampson said.

"I think my speed and quickness brings a lot to the table especially with my size. People come up to jam me a lot when they haven't seen me. Of course, I get off the line real easy then. I can run real good routes, precise routes. I can catch the ball real good and then I can get physical if I need to," Patterson said.

These two receivers have been friends for a long time. They have played opposite each other for the last two seasons and have developed a great relationship. They talked about the possibility of staying together on the next level.

"It really doesn't matter, but if it is possible, we would probably like that," Sampson said.

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