The Tulane football team picked up a commitment from one of the top defensive linemen on the North Shore on Wednesday afternoon.
Northlake Christian’s Caleb Sampson committed to Tulane coach Willie Fritz’s program. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Sampson is projected to play defensive tackle when he arrives at Tulane.
“Right now they are projecting me at the three technique (nose tackle),” he said. “But that can change once I get to college.”
Sampson chose the Green Wave over scholarship offers from Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio, Ball State, Troy, McNeese State, Southern Mississippi, Southern and Tulsa.
“Tulane feels like home,” Sampson said. “It will give me the best opportunity for me and my family when it comes to my future. It is a great school and not too far from home. I can’t pass up this opportunity.
“Coach Fritz is a honest, straight-up kind of guy. I really liked spending time with him. He is a really good coach and cool.”
Sampson is the fourth player to commit to the Green Wave in the past five days.
He joins wide receiver Jaetavian Toles from Houston, running back C.J. Sturdivant from Hoover, Alabama, and linebacker Evan Reese from Savannah, Georgia.
John Ehret cornerback Darius Campbell, offensive lineman Charlie Clark (Marist, Georgia) and quarterback Dane Ledford (Texas) committed earlier this year.
Players can make their commitments official on Feb. 1, national signing day.
“I’m a hard commit,” Sampson said of his verbal pledge. “I’m not going anywhere else.”
Northlake Christian coach Anthony Agresta said the Green Wave is getting a good football player and an outstanding person.
“He is a great person,” Agresta said of Sampson. “In my mind, that is head and shoulders above everything else. There are a lot of kids that can play Division I football in the country and fit the mold physically, but Caleb is just a great kid that is going to be a great benefit to the overall success of the Tulane program.
“Caleb is still growing. Ultimately I see him playing over the center. As hard as he works and as committed as I have seen him, if Tulane makes the decision to move him to defensive end, I see no reason why he won’t be successful.”
Rod Walker contributed to this report