December 14, 2009

Sambrailo commits to the Green and Gold

Better late than never is the approach Ty Sambrailo is taking. The 6-foot-5, 273-pound offensive tackle from Watsonville (Calif.) has termed himself a late bloomer and last week, that development netted him a collegiate football scholarship.

Sambrailo committed to the Colorado State Rams and Special Teams Coordinator Larry Lewis last week, making him the 16th known commitment to the CSU football team in the recruiting class of 2010.

"I committed last Wednesday night," Sambrailo said Monday. "I just needed time to think about my decision. I had a home visit on Tuesday and I was talking to Coach Lewis and I knew Colorado State was the right place for me."

"The next morning I talked to Coach Lewis and told him," Sambrailo added. "He was excited that I committed and told me that he Coach Meyer and Coach Fairchild would be coming out in Jan. It is a huge weight off my shoulders. Now I can breathe easy because I know I am going somewhere, playing for a great school and great coaches."

While the football program was a big part of his decision, Sambrailo also said he looked for a school where he could see himself going if football were not available. After taking a couple days to think about the answer to that question, he committed to Colorado State.

Sambrailo was one of six recruits on campus two weeks ago. Sambrailo has been playing varsity football since his sophomore season and was named his Conference's Lineman of the Year last month. He was also recently named to the Santa Cruz County All-County team. n 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.

Ram fans may have to wait until spring practice to see Sambrailo in action next year, as he said the coaches are discussing bringing him in on a greyshirt basis. A greyshirt means the prospect will be placed on scholarship starting in the spring semester of the coming school year. The prospect may talk to the coaches and can work out in the team's facility, but has to pay their own tuition and can't have any contact with the team.

"Right now we are discussing greyshirt situation," Sambrailo said. " But if something happens and they feel I am ready to be brought in, I will redshirt next year."

Sambrailo added that he isn't sure whether he would start the school year in the fall or spring semester of next season, saying he is talking that over with his parents.

"Right now I am leaning towards attending CSU during the fall semester and living my life as a regular freshman and jumping on board next spring," he said. "I am a late bloomer and I know I am little late in the developing stages, so I think it is a good thing. It will give me one more year to go in a mature a little more."

The future Finance major said he injured an ankle last Jan., which may have actually led to his development and receiving a college scholarship.

"I broke my ankle in Jan. and couldn't do anything with my legs, but it gave me a chance to hit the weights hard with my upper body," Sambrailo said. "I put on about 50 pounds from my junior year to the start of my senior year. The ankle injury was a set-back but it also helped because I had to work extremely hard to make my ankle work. In doing that I also improved my speed and quickness."

His arrival on campus aside, Sambrailo said he has a message for CSU fans.

"I put my heart and soul into whatever I decide to do and I am putting everything I can into being the best player I can for the Colorado State Rams," he said.

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