February 5, 2010

Sambrailo happy to sign as a Ram

On Wednesday morning, friends and family gathered at the Sambrailo residence in Watsonville, Calif., to see St. Francis Central Coast Catholic star offensive lineman sign his letter of intent to Colorado State University. For Ty Sambrailo, he's just excited that the recruiting process is now officially over.

"I feel like it's a huge weight off of my shoulder," Sambrailo said. "It's just good to know what I'm doing and where I'm going next year and not have the question of 'what's going on?'"

Sambrailo, who plays tackle, anchored his Bay Area's offensive line in 2009, towering at 6-foot-5, 273 pounds. He's one of three offensive linemen in CSU's 2010 recruiting class who is at least 6-foot-5.

After visiting Colorado State on December 5, 2009, it didn't take Sambrailo long to commit to the Rams, as the trip was enough for him to give his pledge to special teams coach Larry Lewis only nine days later. Lewis is part of the reason the California native wants to be a Ram.

"The coaches at CSU are probably the best in the country. I definitely think they're the best in the nation and it's a developing program that's going to be good down the road."

According to Sambrailo, he enjoys being part of a program's rebuilding process, as he was a major part of one while in high school.

"It's a good feeling to start at the bottom and work your way up - just to see how far you've made it," he said.

He also held offers from Southern Utah, Weber State, Sacramento State and says New Mexico State was making a late push for an offer.

The Colorado State program lost four offensive linemen from their 2009 team to graduation following season's end. Even though Tim Walter, Shelly Smith, Adrian Martinez and Cole Pemberton won't be part of the Rams' front five in 2010, Sambrailo isn't expecting to see early playing time as he and the coaches have seriously discussed him being a grayshirt and starting his five years in 2011.

Even CSU head coach Steve Fairchild addressed young offensive linemen in his Signing Day press conference on Wednesday, saying that the O-Line is one of the hardest spots to fill with young talent, fresh out of high school.

Sambrailo did say that as long as he can work on his quickness in 2010, he likes his chances of starting in 2011.

The man responsible for helping the Northern California product develop his talents over the next few years is offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Pat Meyer, a person Sambrailo has a lot of respect for.

"He's a great guy, he's a lot of fun off of the field and a great coach on the field. I think he'll really help me," Sambrailo said.

The Sambrailos are no strangers to the Centennial State. According to Ty, his older brother attened the University of Colorado and was a Junior Olympic skier. The younger Sambrailo seems to really love Colorado and is a big skier himself.

"I've been up there numerous times, just skiing and going all around the state. I've been to Colorado quite a bit and I love it."

As the only member of his high school football team that signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Sambrailo says he's just happy to be a Ram.

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