LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Tuesday the addition of safety James Sample on the Cardinals’ program.
A former safety at Washington, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder played for the Huskies in 2011 and 2012. Sample played in three games in 2012, and also saw action in two games in 2011 before his season ended early due to an injury
“James is an outstanding football player who will help us fill a void on our football team,” Petrino said. “He has outstanding size at the safety position and will add immediate depth to this position on our football team.”
Before signing with Louisville, Sample attended American River College in California and will be eligible next season with two years of eligibility remaining.
Scholastically, Sample played at Grant High, where he was a first-team All-CIF San Joaquin Section as a senior, and was also named first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. He was selected first-team All-Delta Valley Conference and first-team All-NorCal by NorCalPreps.com.
A former four-start recruit by Rivals, Sample was tabbed a third-team all-state performer by ESPN.com after recording 109 tackles as a senior at Grant. He was a high school All-American after being voted to participate in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
As a junior at Grant High, Sample helped lead his team to a 12-1 record, when he recorded 111 tackles for the season and was named a first-team All-Metro and a PrepStar All-American.
Playing for Mike Alberghini, Sample was named to the Tacoma News-Tribune’s “Western 100” list of top recruits in the West. He was the No. 9 safety in the country by Rivals.com, which also named him the No. 15 prospect in California.