January a Big Month for Hampton

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Coaches from Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech have stopped by Phoebus High School recently for Maurice Hampton , the talented 6-3, 275-pound senior. In our last interview with the offensive/defensive line prospect, Maryland and Virginia Tech were the two schools on top…is this still the case?

“Yes. It’s still Virginia Tech and Maryland,” Hampton replied.

“I see it this way. Both are good schools. They are some of the top schools around here. It’s just me finding out how much of a shot I have at playing at those schools. And I want to find a place that keeps my interest.”

From Virginia Tech, Coach Jim Cavanaugh made the trip to Phoebus.

“Coach Cav comes down here and talks to me, filling me in on how good the school is and things like that,” Hampton said. “All of the coaches that have visited are worried about the same thing. They want me to know the educational opportunities their school offers. They are talking about position. Most want me for offensive line. Maryland has been talking defense too.”

Hampton had put his recruitment on hold a bit to focus on his senior season. College coaches won’t have to wait much longer, though, as Hampton and his Phoebus teammates take on Edison High School this weekend in the Division 5 State Championship game.

“They all know my visits could start as soon as I get out of football,” Hampton said. “I want them to start as soon as possible. Most are saying just to come in January. I’m going to start looking more in-depth at schools once the season is over. I’ll look at depth charts and things like that.”

Hampton discusses what has separated Phoebus from the other schools in the playoffs. The Phantoms have reeled off three straight wins.

“Discipline,” Hampton said. “We have a lot of discipline. We don’t give up if something bad happens. We are out there to have fun and hopefully win.

“All we’ve been talking about is the championship. This is going to be the last time the seniors play high school football. It may be the last time some people ever play football, so I owe them 100-percent effort.”