Position: Defensive back
Recruiting situation: Committed to Rutgers
Opponent: West Windsor-Plainsboro (N.J.) North
What to Like
Hampton looks the part. He is all of 6-2 and is long. He moves quickly and, when going at full speed, has a purpose. He will come up and make a tackle in the running game, and he is comfortable in coverage.
He can change direction well and turn and run with receivers and he can use his length to defend the pass. Hampton plays with his eyes in the backfield and reads the quarterback well, and he has good ball skills. He showed an ability to break on the ball well and also has good top-end speed.
What Needs Work
Hampton needs to get stronger and may need a red-shirt year before he is ready to contribute at the college level. He is a little high in his backpedal, but that is something that can be changed quickly at the college level.
He allowed a touchdown pass against West Windsor-Plainsboro North when he allowed the receiver to get inside on a skinny post easily near the goal line, but although he was expecting help across the middle, giving the receiver a jam would have helped the situation.
Hampton plays cornerback for Nottingham but looks and plays like a safety, who could grow into a linebacker if he packs on the weight. Hampton accelerates well and he is a long strider, and he could cover ground sideline to sideline and should make a good free safety.