LSU put the cherry on prime of an enormous summer time on the recruiting path on Saturday afternoon with a dedication from native phenom and Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic four-star vast receiver Shelton Sampson.
LSU quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan and vast receivers coach Cortez Hankton had been essential in retaining Sampson within the state capital as they add a harmful offensive weapon into the fold.
“Coach Sloan, Coach Hankton, the relationships have been actually rising with them,” Sampson instructed Rivals in Could. “I already see the tradition change with the brand new teaching workers, and it looks like they’re bringing this system in the appropriate route.”
Within the month of June, Sampson took official visits to Alabama and Florida State whereas additionally making an unofficial go to to LSU. He adopted these journeys up with an unofficial go to to Texas A&M throughout the July interval.
Florida State appeared to at all times pose the most important menace to LSU in his recruitment, particularly within the final week because the Seminoles made an enormous ultimate push, however Sampson in the end was swayed by the chance to remain dwelling and play for the Tigers.
At 6-foot-4, 181 kilos, Sampson is the No. 24 ranked recruit within the nation for the category of 2023, in line with Rivals. He’s the No. 5 ranked vast receiver within the nation and the No. 2 recruit from the state of Louisiana. He joins LSU’s class as its highest-ranked commit at this level within the cycle, simply forward of fellow excessive four-star receiver Jalen Brown.
A slender however nonetheless imposing presence lined up outdoors, Sampson makes use of fast toes off the road to create separation and possesses sturdy ball abilities in 50/50 conditions, which consequently make these performs extra like 75/25.
LSU is stacking offensive weapons in 2023 with the basis of them being inside state borders. Between Sampson and fellow four-stars Jalen Brown, Trey Holly and Kaleb Jackson, the Tigers could have the velocity and skill to carry again an explosive offense to Demise Valley.
The one concern I’ve with that group is physicality and measurement as Sampson and Brown are on the thin facet and can want a while to develop bodily earlier than competing within the SEC, however each are actually able to including the mandatory weight.
As soon as the 2023 class heads into its sophomore season, we might start to see what the long run will actually seem like within the Brian Kelly period.