Sample Offered by Washington

With the news of former Washington State commit Darren Gardenhire's switch to Washington, it's clear that Chris Petersen continues to look at prospects he was recruiting to Boise State before taking the UW head coaching position 10 days ago. Petersen's next target is one that he set his sights on early, and one that made a verbal commitment to Boise State back in mid-June.

Dawgman.com spoke Monday afternoon with Drew Sample, a 6-5, 235-pound tight end prospect from Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash. just as he was getting set for basketball practice.

"It's kind of hard to put on any weight right now so I'm just trying to maintain or make little gains, and then after basketball season I'll work hard and gain weight and all that good stuff," he said.

Sample - a long-time verbal commit to BSU - received a call Sunday night from coach Petersen, but it wasn't to talk about his jump shot.

"Coach Petersen was the one that offered me," Sample said Monday afternoon, confirming the news that the Huskies had offered him a scholarship. "I had a relationship with him at Boise and talked to him a couple of times about interest in Washington and if I would (be interested), so last night he just wanted me to know that I had an offer from them and I look forward to learning more about them and just pursuing that angle a little more, I guess."

Sample verbally committed to the Broncos shortly after attending Boise State's summer camp. The Knight TE wanted to show that he had become an all-around player, and not just a blocker in Newport's run-heavy scheme. "It's definitely something that, over these last two summers, I've committed myself to," he said. "That's why I went to a lot of camps this last summer, to show people that I could run good routes and I could catch the ball even though our offense doesn't necessarily showcase it all the time."

What was it about BSU that compelled Sample to pull the trigger on a commitment last summer? "At the time it was the perfect fit for me," he said. "I loved the staff there. I was down there for a camp and I really liked the campus and really liked how they run their program and the OKG-type thing, so it was a perfect fit. I'm still very interested in what coach (Bryan) Harsin is going to do down there for sure."

When Petersen shed the Orange and Blue for Purple and Gold, Sample kept in contact with Petersen. "He was telling me to hang in there, to wait to see how things shook out," Sample said. "I was excited about it, to know that I have an offer from Washington, and it was exciting for sure."

Sample talked about his relationship with Petersen as one of the reasons he's high on the BSU program. "He's very personable," he said of Petersen. "He's one of those guys that will check in on his guys. Even being a head coach he'll still always call you and he'll answer your questions pretty straightforward as far as where he stands on things. He's a great guy for sure."

So what's next for Sample? "I don't have a set schedule per se, but I definitely will continue to talk with coach Harsin and start building a relationship with the new coach," he said. "I will definitely be looking at the staff shakeup after bowl season to see who is going to be at Boise. And then I'm going to take both my officials - one to Boise and one to U-Dub after the dead period is over, and go from there."

Sample added that no dates have been set, but he has told both staffs that he will take the official visits before nailing down his final decision. But until then, he still considers himself a Bronco.

"I do consider myself committed," Sample said. "I'm definitely looking, but I'm still committed to Boise."


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