Huskies make impression on Colorado lineman

It's a banner year in the state of Washington for offensive lineman, but that doesn't mean the Husky coaching staff isn't looking outside the state for talented "trench warriors". One that has caught their eye is Overland (Co.) OL Andrew Sampson. was able to touch base with the young man from Aurora he talked about recruiting and some summer plans.

"I was pretty excited to get an offer from them," Sampson said about Washington's offer. "My teammate from last year, Jared Campbell, he's told me all about their school up there and he said it's a great school and a great program.

"He committed to them, but then got offered by Miami and he really wanted to play with his brother so he is going to go there. He had nothing but good things to say about Washington though."

Sampson got a letter from the Huskies in early March with a written offer and he called them almost immediately.

"When I called, I spoke to coach (Bob) Simmons first because he's the coach that recruits my area," Sampson said. "He said they really like me and that they would love for me to come up and check them out.

"I talked to coach (Tyrone) Willingham too and he just said I was what they like in an offensive lineman. I'm smart and athletic. He also talked a lot about life in general, not just about football."

Sampson, who goes 6-4 and 280 pounds, plays tackle for Overland, but he said he's comfortable playing anywhere along the line.

"I like to pass block a lot, but run blocking is fun too," Sampson said. "I think I'm athletic enough to play tackle, but sometimes guards are asked to pull and I'm pretty good at that too."

While Washington was the first to offer, several others are starting to get into the mix as well.

"It sounds like Arizona State is going to offer me next week," Sampson said. "They've been texting me and sending me hand-written letters.

"Colorado State and Air Force also seem to be close to offering me."

As far as summer plans, Sampson is sure he will attend the NIKE combine in Boulder, Co. and then things are a bit up in the air.

"Money is kind of tight for me so I'm not sure how many camps I can get to or if I will even go to any," Sampson said. "Washington wants me to come up for their top prospect day in August so I may head up there for that. I'm not really sure yet."

No matter how many camps he makes it to, it appears that Sampson will be a highly sought-after prospect in the coming months.

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