The third player in the 2023 Louisiana class announced his decision on Saturday shortly after 3:00 p.m. CET. Across town from the LSU campus at Catholic High School, five-star wide receiver Shelton Sampson Jr. gave Tiger fans a reason to have fun.
Ranked No. 33 on the 247Sports Composite and No. 4 in the nation, Sampson selected LSU from over 40 proposals and three other finalists that included Florida State, Texas A&M, and Alabama.
Sampson made a couple of official visits to Florida (6/10) and Alabama (6/17) on consecutive weekends. He made several informal visits to LSU in June ahead of his official visit and returned on July 29 for a recruiting event.
“I can’t go to some place where I wouldn’t be uncomfortable going through the door,” he said earlier about how important the feeling of home was. “When I am in a building, I need to feel comfortable. I need to feel at home.”
“They (LSU) emphasized a hometown perspective and closeness to my family, letting me know that I was their #1 priority in their backyard,” he added.
LSU staff had an all-encompassing approach to local product with wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton, quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan, analyst Carter Sheridan, recruiter Jordan Arcement, HR director J. R. Belton, among others playing prominent roles. When it comes to a player equally sought after and talented in your own backyard, it takes a team effort.
At 6’4″ and 185 pounds, Sampson has the size he wants in today’s outside game and the speed to stretch the pitch. He is quiet off the pitch but makes a lot of noise with his playing skills and ability to hit with strong hands and outplay defenders on jump balls.
Sampson increased the 2023 Tigers class to 18 commitments and moved up three spots to No. 7 in the 247Sports Composite Team rankings.
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