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2023 DT isn’t taking recent Ohio State offer lightly

Hear what one of the Buckeyes defensive line targets has to say about his offer.

2023 DT Keith Sampson Jr.
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Between working and spending time with loved ones on Tuesday you might’ve missed out on some of the latest news surrounding your Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help save you get caught back up with things.

Sampson talks OSU offer

Trying to battle for championship rings year in and year out, Ryan Day, Larry Johnson, and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff are always searching the trail for talent to bring into the fold. Dishing out numerous scholarship offers within the last month, one prospect that has caught the Buckeye attention is class of 2023 defensive tackle Keith Sampson Jr.

Earning his offer from Ohio State last Thursday, Sampson is thankful to add the Buckeyes scholarship to his growing list of offers.

“I’ve talked to several [OSU] coaches from the initial interest and inquire,” The 6-foot-3, 285-pound New Bern, North Carolina native told Land-Grant Holy Land. “Coach Wilson was the first one to initially contact my head coach Torrey Nowell. OSU was impressed with my film, ability to move, my motor on defense, size feet and hands. Coach Johnson was the one to offer me the scholarship. I was excited and thankful to receive it. I know things are still fresh and early in my recruitment so I’m just going to trust process.”

“Hopefully I’ll be able to visit OSU if and when things open up for unofficial and official visits.”

Holding early opportunities to suit up at programs such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, Sampson isn’t ready to shut down his recruitment anytime soon, but knows having the chance to call Columbus home isn’t something to take very lightly.

“When I think of OSU I think of a school that breeds d-linemen and a brotherhood. As far as what it means to my recruitment I feel like this will open up my recruitment a lot more.” Sampson added on his interest in the Buckeyes.

Through six games this season Sampson has accounted for over 40 total tackles and four quarterback sacks for the New Bern High Bears. Inching closer and closer to the college level, Sampson has been starting to give a lot more thought into what exactly he’s looking for in a program on and off the turf.

“[I’m looking for] somewhere to continue my education, get my degree and have a successful career. Family oriented relationships and building strong relationships with others and hopefully to be a starter coming in.”

Want to see why Ryan Day, Larry Johnson, and the Buckeyes are after the standout sophomore? Check out these highlights of Keith Sampson Jr. in action for New Bern:

Quick Hits

  • Massive four-star class of 2022 offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin (Charlestown, IN/Charlestown) will announce his college destination this upcoming Saturday. Once thought as a near lock for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, the University of Kentucky now seems to have the upper hand over not just Ohio State, but also Alabama, Clemson, and the Spartans of Michigan State.
  • You can go ahead and add another top prospect to the long list of prospects heading to Columbus this summer. Taking to Twitter to share he’ll be on the Ohio State University campus in the coming months, class of 2022 cornerback Jayden Bellamy (Oradell, NJ/Bergen Catholic) will be in the 614 on June 25-27. A three-star prospect, Bellamy holds offers from OSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, and others.