We’ve had a lot to say about four-star center Tyrone Sampson Jr. since he committed to the Syracuse Orange earlier this year. The Michigan product’s been a vocal recruiter for the Orange of late, and has shown himself a cut above many of his peers in the 2018 recruiting class. It was no different at The Opening Finals this weekend.
SB Nation’s Bud Elliott and Alex Kirshner were on-site up in Beaverton, Ore. for the Nike recruiting event, and assembled their own All-Opening team -- a list that included Sampson, among others.
They isolated nine offensive linemen, though just three -- Sampson, Justin Dedich (USC), Delone Scaif (Miami) — are committed thus far. Of Sampson, Bud and Alex said he was an elite center “who can put linemen into the ground.”
Scout captured some footage of Sampson’s work as well, during the linemen drills:
In limited reps, Allen Trieu (above) indicated that Sampson looked good, despite the limitations on Michigan products wearing pads during the weekend. Certain states have specific rules on what high school athletes can and can’t do, something The Opening and other out-of-state events work to accommodate.
It’s great to see another Syracuse commit garner quality attention at a national event like this (following Tommy DeVito’s standpoint performance last year). Hopefully it earned SU some extra attention from undecided prospects, and gave Sampson an opportunity to sell the program a bit — just as he has been doing for months now.