Tyrone Sampson was once committed to play in the ACC, and has plenty of big offers, but will head to Fresno State.
Tyrone Sampson is a four-star center out of Detroit. He is the No. 7 center in the country, per 247Sports‘ composite rankings.
Sampson played in the U.S. Army All-American Game. He is the No. 346 player in the country, and the sixth-ranked play in Michigan. He’s been regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the class of 2018 for a while.
Back in April, he committed to play for Dino Babers at Syracuse, a coup for the Orange at the time. It seemed to be a very solid commitment for months, and in early December he went on an official visit to SU a few weeks before he was expected to sign during the early signing period that began on December 20.
That day, instead of signing, he decommitted from the Orange. He didn’t have a choice on February 7, National Signing Day, either.
On Friday, Sampson made an unexpected decision. Rather than go with the bigger schools that appeared to be in on him after the Syracuse decommitment, Sampson elected to head out West to play at Fresno State.
Beyond grateful to announce I’ll be attending Fresno State University for the next 4 years? pic.twitter.com/0hq0nXRWli
— T. Sampson? (@TSamp_51) February 17, 2018
Head coach Jeff Tedford, who had a very strong first season with the Bulldogs, confirmed the commitment. He even caught a congratulatory tweet from Fresno State great Derek Carr.
— Jeff Tedford (@CoachTedford) February 17, 2018
Just the beginning https://t.co/Dcetfslx5r
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) February 17, 2018
Sampson held offers from Arizona State, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Virginia, among others.
He took a visit to Western Michigan, and it looked like he might elect to stay closer to home to play for the Broncos. When the 247 crystal ball locked, WMU was a favorite at 35-percent.
20-percent thought he would go to Nebraska, which seemed to have momentum, and 15-percent had Mississippi State.
Only 10-percent of voters thought he’d wind up with Fresno State. As it turns out, they were correct, and the Bulldogs get a nice blue-chip Power Five-level commit. He is the top rated player in the class, which is ranked 93rd overall and fifth in the Mountain West Conference, by a decent margin.