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2018 Early Signing Period: TE Cormac Sampson signs with Wisconsin

Another in-state kid finds his way to Madison.

Class of 2018 TE Cormac Sampson

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
TE 6'5 240 Eau Claire, Wis. (Memorial) Three-stars; No. 38 WDE

Eau Claire, Wis. (Memorial) tight end and defensive end Cormac Sampson has officially signed with Wisconsin. Sampson is listed as 6’5 and 230 pounds according to 247Sports and Rivals.


247Sports (composite): 3 stars; Grade: 0.8685; No. 641 player. No. 39 DE; No. 2 WI

247Sports: 4 stars; Grade 90; No. 274 player; No. 18 DE; No. 1 in WI

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 74; No. 118 DE; No. 140 Regional; No. 7 WI

Rivals: 3 stars; No. 6 WI

Verbally committed on May 13, 2017

Sampson first announced his commitment the day after receiving Wisconsin’s offer. Sampson’s highlights primarily show his work at defensive end and a knack for causing problems in the backfield. As a tight end, he is a proficient blocker and was a much improved receiving threat his senior year, improving from three catches for 35 yards and one touchdown in 2016 to 10 catches for 156 yards and one touchdown in 2017.

According to, Sampson also received offers from New Mexico and Northern Illinois, along with FCS programs Illinois State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Western Illinois.

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Bio (courtesy of

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … first-team all-state at tight end and honorable mention all-state at defensive end by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior … honorable mention all-state by Associated Press as a senior … WFCA all-region and All-Big Rivers Conference as a junior and senior … finished varsity career with 95 tackles, 28.0 TFLs, 16.0 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 1 interception … as a senior, notched 10 receptions for 156 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as 56 tackles, 10.0 sacks and 3 forced fumbles … had 3 catches for 35 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as 39 tackles, 6.0 sacks and 1 interception as a junior … Academic All-State … National Honor Society … also lettered in basketball, averaging 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a junior … regional and sectional qualifier in track and field, competing in shot put and discus … coach was Mike Sinz

Personal: Parents are Dave Sampson and Paulette Sampson … father played football at Augustana College (South Dakota)