US Army All-American Bowl 2011: James Sample Commits To Washington

The US Army All-American Bowl takes place on Sat. Jan.8 at 10 a.m. Check out the local players of interest live on NBC.

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US Army All American Bowl 2011: James Sample Commits To Washington

As we just said, business was about to pick up for Washington in the US Army All American Bowl. It happened right out of halftime as Grant Union High School safety James Sample put on a Washington cap and chose to commit to the Huskies. Same is a physical safety that can either play in the secondary or move up to linebacker depending on what he grows into.

Sample is listed as a four-star safety, part of a talented crop of players from Grant High School in California. His teammate, Viliami Moala will also commit later in the game. Sample announced his presence early in the All-American Bowl, laying the lumber on a quick wide receiver screen in the first half. He’s drawn plays from the announcers for his physical nature and the ability to rally to the ball and make plays.

Yet again in 2011, Steve Sarkisian gets a huge pickup in the recruiting game. The Huskies now have three players on the West squad in the 2011 US Army All-American Bowl, with Sample joining Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. It’s looking to be another monster recruiting year for Sarkisian and the Huskies, who are already seeing a boost from their Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska.

Follow our StoryStream for the latest from the US Army All-American Bowl as recruits continue to commit throughout the game.

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US Army All American Bowl 2011: Slow First Half, Commitments Coming Up

It was a slow first half in the 2011 US Army All-American Bowl, but business may be about to pick up for the Washington Huskies. The West jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the half as both teams struggled to move the ball. The first quarter featured just 29 yards of total offense, and the second finally saw the West move the ball, settling for a field goal after the East defense held. That’s been it as we’ve seen more punts than points thus far.

In the second half, a bevy of highly-touted recruits will take to the stage to announce their commitments. Among those are two Washington recruits: Viliami Moala and James Sample. Moala is, apparently, a heavy Cal lean while Sample is leaning toward the Huskies. Picking up one, or both, of those two would be another huge step for Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies.

Local products Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are also playing for the West, though both have had quiet games. Williams registered a catch, but with the defenses dominating, it’s been tough sledding. With all the talent on the field, touches are hard to come by.

Stay tuned to our StoryStream for the latest news and commitments from the US Army All-American Bowl as the game progresses.

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