CSM DB will sit in 2010 to save eligibility

He's taken a circuitous route to where he is right now and this fall, College of San Mateo S Joe Sampson (6-0, 205) will need sit in order to save a year of eligibility. JCFootball.com got the story on the talented defensive back who can play almost anywhere in the secondary and he updated us on things including which two Mountain West schools have already ponied up offers...

Sampson prepped at Skyline (Oakland) High School and was an up-and-coming prospect, but he didn't take the SAT so he needed to find a place to continue his football career.

"I originally went to Foothill and I greyshirted there after I graduated (in 2007)," Sampson told JCFootball.com. "I played as a freshman in 2008, but just didn't feel comfortable there, so I transferred over to CSM last spring and played in 2009.

"I'm redshirting this fall so I can save my eligibility and I'll have two years to play when I sign in December."

As a sophomore last fall, Sampson had a huge season for CSM, leading the team with 72 tackles and 13 passes defensed and also had two interceptions. What is even more impressive is that the talented DB did it from almost every position on the field.

"If we played a team with a great receiver, they played me at corner so I could go man-to-man the whole game and cancel him out," Sampson said. "Most of the time, I played safety and was more of an 'in-the-box' guy because we had a great free safety in Eddie Elder already."

Because of his outstanding size and 4.4 speed, Sampson has already garnered two offers and more could be on the way.

"I have offers from BYU and Utah right now," Sampson said. "Oregon State is the only school who likes me at corner and they are still recruiting me, but I also have talked to Indiana and Tulsa and Oregon has started recruiting me a little too."

Sampson said it was exciting getting his first two offers, but he's nowhere close to making a decision.

"I want to wait things out a while," Sampson said. "I just want to take my time, take my visits and then decide.

"I'm working out hard, staying in shape and I'm also taking all my classes, so I just want to be ready to go when I can sign in December.

"I'll take my visits, then sit down with my coaches and my family and I'll make my decision and then sign."

Wherever he signs, Sampson will have two years to play two once he arrives in January.

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