Stepping Stones: LaNear Sampson

North Mesquite's Lanear Sampson had a big time junior season as the 6'2 185 pound WR with 4.4 speed caught 24 passes for 412 yards and 4 touchdowns earning first team all 12-5A honors. Sampson who has started since his sophomore season for the Stallions hauled in 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in 2005.

Lanear has some impressive measurables as he boasts a 270 pound bench press, a 400 pound squat along with a 4.1 shuttle time and a 35 inch vertical leap. Sampson is known around the area for being one of the best at going up and beating DB's to haul in a jump ball.

Lanear is also a key member of the NMHS track team as he specializes in all three relay events for the Stallions. "I consider myself a physical receiver and that is one of my assets, I have good hands and speed. I am also good at blocking. This off-season I want to get faster and stronger and work on being a better route runner," said the North Mesquite WR.

Duke, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Rice have given offers to the North Mesquite WR. While Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Alabama, and Kansas State have all shown interest in Sampson who says at this time no one school stands out above the rest, but look for Sampson to land somewhere that likes to sling it around.

Last summer Lanear kept busy by leading his Stallions seven on seven team to the state tournament in College Station last July. Sampson made a name for himself in the seven on seven season by making big catch after big catch for the Stallions.

Sampson also attended mini-camps at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, UL-Monroe and TCU. Keep an eye on the NMHS wide receiver again this summer on the seven on seven circuit and at the Nike Combine which will be held at Texas A&M.

Sampson is big on academics and that will play a key role in where he winds up. "I'd like to decide early if possible, but I'm not going to rush either. I will make my decision when the right offer comes along and the time is right," said the North Mesquite WR.

Sampson lists the playoffs as the goal heading into his senior year, "We missed the playoffs last year, I want to step up and lead the team and get us to the playoffs for my senior year."

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