El Dorado defensive tackle Terry Hampton made his second visit to Arkansas State on Thursday but this one ended a little different.
The 6-foot-1, 260-pound rising senior left town this time as a Red Wolf. He is the Red Wolves’ fifth commit and the second one they received on Thursday. Brandon, Miss., tight end Reed Tyler also committed on Thursday.
“I loved it,’’ he said. “It felt like home; it felt like family,’’ said Hampton, who visited Jonesboro with his mom and sister. “They liked it too.”
Hampton made his first visit to Jonesboro for a camp last spring. A-State had offered him a scholarship a year ago after his sophomore season.
“I did not plan on committing it just happened,’’ he said. “Everything felt right.”
He said the Red Wolves plan to use him as a defensive tackle, a spot he’s started at for three season for the Class 6A traditional power.
This season, he said the Wildcats plan on using him some on the end and he will also play fullback some.
“There are a few packages where I get to play fullback,’’ he said, “but it is only for blocking.”
He was invited to attend The Opening combine in Dallas this spring where the following report was written about him by Scout’s Gabe Brooks.
“The state of Arkansas had some quality prospects at Sunday's event and El Dorado High's Terry Hampton was one of them. Hampton's strong performance in the D-line group earned him a coveted spot in the Final Five matchups at camp's end. Hampton is strong in hand-to-hand combat and fits an even-front tackle spot.”
He said he feels like his quickness off the line of scrimmage is his best asset.
Hampton said he plans on majoring in graphic designed and the lure of 100 percent promised employment after graduation was a big selling point.
He also holds an offer from UL-Monroe.
Defensive line coach Brian Early was the lead recruiter on Hampton.
He is the fourth commit for the 2018 classing, joining defensive tackle Ryan Taylor of Loganville, Ga., wide receiver Demetrice Holliday of Batesville and Holmes (Miss.) Junior College defensive end Vada King.