Hampton Names Top Three

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Phoebus offensive guard/defensive tackle Maurice Hampton claims offers from four ACC programs – Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech – and one SEC program – South Carolina. Among these and the other programs that have offered, the Tidewater star lists three current favorites.

“Right now, I have three main schools. They are the ones keeping in main contact with me and showing the most interest in me,” Hampton said. “There is Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. They’re contacting me, sending me a whole bunch of posters and mail. I just get mail nonstop from them everyday.”

Hampton says he has not received too many phone calls in September as a result of Phoebus Head Coach Bill Dee requesting that coaches hold off on their recruitment until the end of Hampton’s senior season. Besides the programs listed above, some other programs have started showing interest via mail.

“My coach has said not to interrupt me during my season, so teams have been sending me a lot of mail,” Hampton said. “I’ve been recently getting a lot of mail from Hampton University, Delaware, Syracuse sent me mail at one point in time and I got something from Georgia Tech.”

Hampton is contemplating a decision “after the season or at least close to the end of the season.” He is hoping to make a few official visits this fall, but says “it’s not coming together very well so far.”

As for his senior season, Hampton and his fellow Phoebus teammates are 1-0 following a win over Maury. And right now, Hampton, who is a team captain, is excited about the team’s prospects.

“We beat Maury High School. That was our first game,” Hampton said. “Right now, the team is coming together. I think we’re going to have a better team this year. We don’t have as much talent, but, for some reason, these guys just don’t want to lose. I think this team has endless possibilities.”

A wrestler as well (in fact, the #2 rated wrestler in his district), the standout lineman is a good all-around athlete. He claims to be around 6-3, 275 pounds and says he can run a 40 time of 4.9 seconds. Pretty strong, Hampton can bench 315 pounds.

“I would say my athleticism is my strength,” Hampton said.