December 7, 2009

Rams impress California linemen

A very busy visit weekend nearly netted the Colorado State Rams their third offensive line commitment of the 2010 class on Sunday. Watsonville, Calif. tackle Ty Sambrailo was one of six high school recruits to visit the Fort Collins campus this weekend and came away impressed with what he saw and heard.

He also came away with his second scholarship offer, which was extended Saturday evening. Sambrailo has already been offered a scholarship by Southern Utah.

I was grateful and I was really excited to get offered," Sambrailo said. "It was a great offer and a great opportunity for me."

The hosts for Sambrailo, while in Fort Collins, were freshmen offensive linemen Jared Biard and Weston Richburg, while Sambrailo's recruiting contact at CSU is defensive backs coach Larry Lewis.

"The whole campus is beautiful," Sambrailo said of his visit. "It is an amazing campus. I am looking to major in business and finance and their business school is ranked highly in the nation. That caught my eye. I also liked the way the whole town supports the team and the college."

"They (Biard and Richburg) explained how it is to be a freshman and what to expect. They also drove us around and showed us parts of the town that the coaches didn't have time to show us during the day. They showed us a lot of places to eat around town."

In addition to football, Sambrailo said he has also played organized soccer, baseball, basketball and ski racing. In the classroom Sambailo projects as a full academic qualifier based on his 3.56 grade-point average and 1810 on the SAT. On the field, Sambrailo said he was recently named the Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Santa Cruz Athletic League. He was also named All-County last week. Sambrailo has a 6-foot-5, 272-pound frame, a 265-pound bench press, a 350-pound squat.

"I pride myself on being aggressive. I like to make sure I finish a block after I start one and I play to the whistle. Just in watching the film, I noticed that Colorado State is a heavy run team and that is what I like to do, I like to go hit someone."

While the trip went very well, Sambrailo said he did not offer the Rams his commitment. Instead, he is going to talk it over with his parents.

"Right now I am very appreciative of the offer and I need some time to discuss it with the family," Sambrailo said. "Then, we will discuss what options I have and go from there."

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