TB/WR Shelton Sampson Update

<b>TB Shelton Sampson</b> has been putting up some great numbers for Clover Park High School this season. Through last weekend he had found the end zone 10 times, four of those coming against Franklin Pierce.

Against F-P, Sampson had a highlight reel type game where he rushed for 260 yards and netted 150 yards receiving, including an 80-yard TD on a screen pass with about one minute remaining in the game.

Sampson, a 4.3 sprinter who stands 5-10 and weighs 175 pounds, has been focusing on one position this fall. "So far I've been playing just tailback. I've been working on running the ball because I want to play that in college," Sampson told Dawgman.com

The recruiting process has been pretty much what Sampson has expected thus far. "The coaches call and they really want you to come to their school. I've talked to the coaches from Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington the most. They all tell me about their schools and about their games for that week."

Sampson is trying to remain focused on his season and not get too wrapped up in the recruiting process, but he has a bit of a dilemma on his hands.

He has given a verbal commitment to UCLA, but he's weighing the option of possibly taking at least two visits.

"Right now I want to see whether or not I want to take the chance to make other visits or just lay low and go to just the UCLA visit," said Sampson.

"In the recruiting process, (UCLA) Coach Toledo said that if you are committed to the school, it doesn't make sense to go to other schools. I guess what he's saying is that if I want to be committed to them, he doesn't really want me to visit other schools. I think if I do go visit other schools they'll probably go look at other running backs. Right now I'm deciding whether or not I want to visit or to stay with the one visit."

The other two schools Sampson would visit if he chooses to do so would be Washington and Notre Dame. He will visit UCLA for sure.

The Sampson family is originally from Los Angeles. "We moved from LA to South Carolina for six years, and then moved to Washington in 1999. I really grew up in LA and my Grandmother and all my Aunts and Uncles live down there," said Sampson.

"I was born there and it would be a really good opportunity to go play for the school down there (UCLA). I'm going to think about it really hard, focus, and pray about it a lot. I really want to go there and I don't want to lose the opportunity to go back to the school that's in the place where I was born," said Sampson of the UCLA scholarship offer.

Leaving Washington doesn't appear to bother Sampson too much. "I think it might be better for my family. My mom calls my Grandmother every day so if I go there it would give them a chance to visit down there. My father works at Boeing and he might wind up getting stationed in California. It might wind up being a pretty good opportunity for the whole family," said Sampson.

Sampson has been very impressed with the coaches at Clover Park this season. "We got off to a bit of a shaky start but I think we're really coming together. Our coaching staff has really focused on making us better people and not just great athletes."

Shelton also wanted to share one last important message before hanging up. "This whole recruiting process, none of this would be possible without Christ in my life. I really want everyone to understand that because that is the main reason why I'm able to make these big decisions about going to these schools."

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