Saban calls Hampton 'his guy'

Alabama shutout UT-Chattanooga 49-0 on Saturday for a routine victory on the field, but it hosted a handful of official visitors on the recruiting front as well. Four-star safety and Ole Miss commitment C.J. Hampton brought his family for the trip and details its biggest moments inside.

C.J. Hampton had been to Alabama several times on unofficial visits this fall, but the weekend allowed for him to take his third official visit of the year -- following Ole Miss and Florida State -- to Tuscaloosa with UT-Cattanooga in town.

"It was good I enjoyed my stay," he said. "I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and the players.

"I was with Landon Collins, Haha (Clinton-Dix), Denzel Devall, Geno Smith and Cy Jones."

The four-star Meridian (Miss.) safety and Ole Miss commitment was hosted by a player he could potentially line up with next season, should he enroll at Alabama in January. The Crimson Tide is in a battle with the Rebels, LSU, FSU, Miami and Arkansas among others.

"Landon was my host, and he was just telling me that with Haha leaving, it's a spot for the taking," Hampton said. "Coach [Nick] Saban is really big on me and wants me to pick up where Haha left off.


Hampton brings versatility to a defensive backfield.

"It means a lot coming from him. He's one of the best in the business."

Saban and the No. 10 safety in the class of 2014 spent considerable time together over the 48-hour trip.

"We went over coverages a lot and he told me and my family that I'm 'his guy,'" Hampton said. "He said that he knows a DB when he sees one and the same way he feels about me, he felt when he recruited Haha."

While the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was with the champion coach, the ladies in the Hampton household got to spend time with coaches wives. It helped the family in what was considered a successful visit.

"My parents enjoyed themselves," he said. "My mom was with Mrs. Saban and Mrs. Burns a lot. My little sister enjoyed it, too."

In between watching a win, gathering more academic information and spending considerable time with Alabama players and coaches, Hampton admits that the official visit gives him something further to think about a mere few weeks before setting foot on a college campus to begin the next phase of his academic and athletic career.

"It made an impact," he said. "But everything with me will be a family decision."

Hampton is a U.S. Army All-American, and could make a final decision around the time of the game in early January. He is listed as a "soft" verbal commitment to the Rebels at this time.


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