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In our latest interview, we are being joined by Midwestern State wide receiver Brandon Sampson.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Brandon. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Brandon Sampson: My name is Brandon Sampson I am 5’9 185 lb slot From Baltimore Maryland. I have been playing sports my whole life but at the age of 10 football sparked my interest along with baseball.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Monterey Peninsula College and as well as Midwestern State University. Tell us about your time with both colleges?
Brandon Sampson: My time at MPC was a good experience but also a challenging time. MPC is located in Monterey, California which is a tourist attraction area so it costs a lot to live there and to go to school. California Junior colleges don’t issue scholarships so I was working at Denny’s almost every day from 9 pm to 3 am just to pay for rent. The football experiences were amazing, I’ve been coached by some great coaches such as Maurice Mann And Anthony Garnett. They helped shape my game in many ways to help me succeed as far as things to shape the early stages of learning the game more into depth. My time at Midwestern state was kind of similar when it comes to the elevation of my game. I have been fortunate to be coached by Daren Paige and Dantae Ellington. These coaches helped work on things such as improving the strengths in my type of play.
Justin David Kish: What was your transition like from MPC to Midwestern State? Did you face any challenges and how did you overcome them?
Brandon Sampson: The transition was rather different as far as the playbook, it was challenging my first semester I came to Midwestern. But by continuing to study and take more reps mental and physical I started to learn the playbook like the back of my hand, so the following semester it began to all make sense to me. MPC and Midwestern are sort of similar to each other when it comes to how the program is ran and the structure of it, so it felt just like home.
Justin David Kish: During your career, you played both wide receiver and as well as an H-Back. Do you see yourself more at wide receiver or H-back at the next level?
Brandon Sampson: I see myself being more of a wideout at the next level who can occasionally get jet sweeps to stretch the defense.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Midwestern State, you were coached by Coach Bill Maskill. How did Coach Maskill and the rest of the Midwestern State coaching staff improve you as a player during your time?
Brandon Sampson: The coaches at Midwestern improved my physical and mental skill every day I stepped foot on campus. They helped me read defenses better, they helped me to learn how to find the open spaces in certain coverages, improve my toolbox when it comes to press coverage, grow into a structured man. Helped me be unselfish and to understand what it is to fight for your brothers through any circumstances and etc….
Justin David Kish: During your time at Midwestern State, you competed against some of the toughest teams in Division-II such as Texas A&M Commerce, Sioux Falls, and Minnesota State. What is one game in your career that took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Brandon Sampson: I would have to say that playing against Mankato pushed me to my limits to try to do anything I could at receiver and at kick returner to help my team move onto the next round of the playoffs.
Justin David Kish: Being a wide receiver you have covered by some of division-II’s best defensive backs. What was one defensive back that challenged you and how did you fair?
Brandon Sampson: I played a lot of good Db’s at the D2 level but most teams didn’t go man coverage against us just a lot of zone coverage. It’s really hard to pinput one individual due to those reasons.
Justin David Kish: When you look back at your college career what is one moment that stands out from the rest?
Brandon Sampson: One moment that stands out to me was how my brothers and I responded to the adversity of losing brother and teammate Robert Grays during the season. It fueled us and help us grow more as a team. May his soul Rest in Piece.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Midwestern State Mustang?
Brandon Sampson: To be a Mustang means to be 24 strong. Means to be unselfish and to lay it out in the line for the man next to you. The culture helps boys grow into young men because the coaches out you through some adverse situations to see how you handle things and to help you handle them the Mustang way. Being a Midwestern state mustang also means to be accountable for your actions on and off the field at all times and it means carrying yourself with a positive attitude every day and to accomplish many things.
Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to the upcoming draft. How are you preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft and other pro opportunities?
Brandon Sampson: I am training to bench press 20 reps at the pro day and I am training to run 4.38-4.40 in the 40-yard dash. I have trainers and strength coaches who are helping me elevate my game to reach those goals. So as of now, I’m training for explosion and speed.
Justin David Kish: What makes you stand out from the other NFL Draft eligible receivers?
Brandon Sampson: I believe my ability to make catches through traffic across the middle and my aggressiveness in blocking.
Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career that you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Brandon Sampson: When I first started my college career I was homeless up until the first game at MPC. I learned that God is definitely the reason for all k success and there’s no way he wouldn’t look out for me.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film what are you looking out for?
Brandon Sampson: I am looking for things that give away coverages and how defenses like to disguise what they are trying to accomplish. Who’s the best player on their defense and shits the worst and what I do to help get a win with my abilities.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game do you consider your biggest strength?
Brandon Sampson: I consider blocking to be one of my biggest strengths. I like to get aggressive in the run game.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you continue to improve on a daily basis?
Brandon Sampson: I work on getting off of press coverage and getting in and out of my breaks as quick as possible.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions, I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL wide receiver who would it be and why?
Brandon Sampson: I compare myself to Jamison Crowder and Tavon Austin. I chose myself to these guys because they have a different type of Swagger when they touch the field you can feel their presence. They are destined to make big plays and I believe I have that same type of capability.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Brandon Sampson?
Brandon Sampson: A GM should Draft Brandon Sampson because I am guy that buys into the culture and will win at any cost. I do what ever it takes and more to help elevate my game each day and I can say that I will continue to have that trait on trying to improve everyday.