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Sample has more visits in mind

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James Sample has already taken two visits to Pac-10 schools, is planning two more for later in the season and is still trying to figure out what to do with his fifth official visit.
Sample, a four-star safety from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, visited Arizona State for its season opener against Portland State and went to Washington a few weeks ago for the Nebraska game.
Both visits impressed Sample but he still has trips planned to Oregon and Oregon State so he's not prepared to make a commitment yet.
"It was cool at Arizona State," Sample said. "It was my second time being down there because I went down there for one of their camps so it was a little bit better.
"It was crazy down there (at Washington). I got to sit next to (Grant teammate Viliami Moala) and we were trying to talk about the game and stuff and we could barely hear each other. The crowd and the fans were crazy. Even though they were losing they were still hyped up for the game."
Cal is one of Sample's favorite schools but the hard-hitting 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect has been to Berkeley so often he doesn't feel it's necessary to take an official visit to that campus.
Instead, he plans to visit Oregon on Nov. 6 for its matchup against Washington and then head to Oregon State in early December for the season finale against the Ducks. He's especially excited about that matchup since it's an instate rivalry.
"I'm not taking an official visit to Cal because I've been down there a lot," Sample said.
"I'm going down to Oregon when they play Washington and I'm going down to the Oregon-Oregon State game. That's going to be big because I know it's a rival game and they're going to play their hardest."
Rivals.com rates Sample No. 14 at safety, No. 201 nationally and No. 14 in the California state rankings. Arizona, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah and Washington State are some of his other offers but Sample said he's unsure if and when he'll take his fifth and final official visit.
Sacramento Grant survived a scare last weekend, finally beating Elk Grove (Calif.) Monterey Trail, 28-22, in the final minute. The Pacers are expected to cruise Friday night when they face 1-6 Davis.
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