Sample switches course, commits to UW

It didn't take long for Chris Petersen to raid the Boise State recruiting shelves. Just five day after Jalen Greene's commitment to Washington, the new UW Head Coach went back to the well one more time, getting a local player who was previously committed to the Broncos to reverse course and stay much closer to home.

"From the start it was a school that I was disappointed in never getting an offer from and so we decided that in the end it's the best spot for me and I agree with that," Newport tight end Drew Sample told when he announced his verbal commitment to the Washington Huskies after Petersen extended a scholarship offer the same day Greene committed to UW. "I'm definitely excited to be up in the home town and playing in front of all the people that are huge Husky fans. It's definitely exciting.

"Since I got the offer from coach Pete I continued to stay in touch with him and coach (Jonathan) Smith and I was talking with them about Washington and what a great opportunity that would be for me - especially being from Washington and growing up around here. I just kept talking with my family about this great opportunity - and not just in football but academically. Obviously it's a great school. It'll set me up for life."

So when did Sample have the 'Ah ha!' moment that turned his recruitment toward the purple and gold? "It was a couple days ago when my family and I were talking about it, and we really laid everything out and were looking at what kind of things we were looking for," he said. "We were like, 'Wow'. Washington is just an awesome place for me and for everything that I believe in - especially with coach Pete. It was then when we decided we didn't want to miss out on this opportunity and move forward with it."

While not exactly sure how Petersen will use the tight end position at Washington, Sample said he felt confident that it will be in much the same way coach Pete used them at Boise, and he's excited to see what kind of wrinkles Petersen will have for the UW tight ends when he enrolls next summer.

When we spoke to Sample after the Washington offer, he felt like a decision might come after his official visits to both schools. What changed his mind to commit at this point in the process? "We felt it would be easier," Sample said, matter-of-factly. "If Washington was going to be such a great place for me and I didn't want to turn it down, it would be better to do it sooner than drag it out later if I really knew I wanted to be at Washington."

Sample added that he will only take one official visit, and that visit will be to Washington. No date has been set at this point.

Once the holidays are done, Sample will be taking care of his academics at Newport, playing basketball for the Knights, and also recruiting for the Huskies when he can. "You always want the best guys to come to the school that you're going to," he said. "So definitely, if I have the opportunity to do that, I'll be trying to convince guys to come here."

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