Antoine Sampah was prepared to make his college choice almost two weeks ago. But then held off as he conferred more with his mother Karla.
Once she came on board, the Woodbridge High School junior wanted to make his announcement. He and the Woodbridge coaching staff went to Outback Steakhouse in Woodbridge Monday night and talked about his plans. Sampah then went into action.
He tweeted he was going to make a decision that night. Then he FaceTimed LSU head coach Ed Orgeron to say he was committing to the Tigers before tweeting out his decision to everyone.
There was a time when Antoine Sampah pushed back against facing older competition. He was so adamant on this point he almost quit football for good.
Rivals ranks Sampah as a five-star recruit along with being the No. 1 player in Virginia, the No. 21 player in the country and the No. 1 inside linebacker.
Sampah is ranked a four-star recruit and the No. 32 player in the nation overall for the class of 2020 by 247Sports.com. The site also lists Sampah as the No. 2 inside linebacker.
Sampah had more than 20 offers, including ones from Alabama and Clemson.
He is part of an LSU recruiting class that ranks No. 1 the nation by 247Sports and Rivals. He is the third five-star recruit to commit to the Tigers.
“It came close to a lot of other places,” Woodbridge head coach Gary Wortham said. “Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson.”
While he had visited schools like Alabama and Clemson multiple times, Sampah took only one trip to LSU and that was in March. But that one visit made an impression.
LSU had been recruiting Sampah for a year and a half.
“Their communication has been ongoing and it’s been tremendous,” Wortham said. “They’ve worked on building a relationship and he feels comfortable with his decision.”
Sampah has started at linebacker at Woodbridge since his freshman year after spending one game on the junior varsity.
Sampah will sign with LSU during the early-signing period in December. He will take an official visit to the school later this spring.