UCLA Gets Commitment from Sampson

The speedy running back from Washington, Shelton Sampson, commits to the Bruins a few hours after leaving the four-day camp...

Shelton Sampson, 5-10, 175, Tacoma (Wash.) Clover Park, committed to UCLA just a few hours after leaving the football four-day camp.

Sampson has remained in Los Angeles since leaving UCLA's camp, visiting relatives he has in the area.

I talked to Sampon on Tuesday, though, before he committed. Ironically, he said, "I think I'm going to wait and take all my visits."

He had just come from the Notre Dame camp before the UCLA camp and said that Notre Dame had offered him. At the Notre Dame camp he ran a 4.39 in the 40. He said it was a typical time for him, that he usually is around 4.4.

Sampson said that he ran a 10.6 100 meters, but that was hand-timed, and 10.82 electronic. He finished second in the state in the 100 meters behind Reggie Williams, but was the 200 meter champion (at 21.86 electronic) and also the 110 and 200 meter state hurdles champ.

He said, on Tuesday, that his top five were UCLA, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Washington, and ASU.

"My parents would like me to stay close to home," he said. "That means somewhere on the west coast."

He said he had a 3.5 GPA, and took the SAT without studying and barely missed getting a passing score. "I just took it to see what I could do. Next time I'll study."

Sampson lived in the L.A. area for most of his life and has extensive family here. We'll try to contact Sampson and have a full interview with him soon.

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