Lanear Sampson, the 6-foot, 192-pound three-star wide receiver from North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, says he now has nine scholarship offers, with the latest coming from Oklahoma State and TCU. He also has offers from Nebraska, Duke, Rice, Colorado State, Wisconsin, North Texas and Arizona.
Sampson, ranked No. 76 in the Southwest by Scout.com, denies a favorite, but is hedging towards Oklahoma (childhood favorite), Arizona, Rice, Nebraska and Oklahoma State, All have offered except the Sooners.
"Oklahoma is still recruiting me," Sampson said. "They talk with my coach a lot, but I guess they don't have a lot of offers left and are waiting on a few guys that they've already offered. They want to see what they are gonna do first."
He already attended camps at Oklahoma State and North Texas and plans on going to Baylor on June 23. "Hopefully I'll also get a chance to visit them in summer," Sampson said.
"I like the Pac-10 a lot and I like that Arizona is improving and are gonna be throwing the ball a lot. I've heard nice things about them.
"I'd also like to visit Nebraska if I get a chance," he said. "I love that they play big-time football and that I'd have a chance to win. They contend for the Big 12 championship every year."
Sampson says that academics and playing time are two important factors in making a decision. "I want a place where I can play early and fit in," he said. "I'd like to win and be part of a team that is doing well. I'd love to be somewhere where my family could see me play, but distance isn't that big of a deal. All of my favorites are pretty close."
Ideally, Sampson says he'd like to commit before the season starts. "But that depends on who I'll be able to visit this summer."
He reports a 3.3 core GPA and has an 880 SAT, which he intends to retake.