Hampton Offered as Preferred Walk-On

Monday's trip to Fayetteville was a productive one for Little Rock Christian wide receiver, who was offered by Arkansas as a preferred walk-on.

Monday’s trip to Fayetteville was a productive one for Joe Hampton.

The Little Rock Christian wide receiver came to Arkansas’ prospect camp and left with an offer as a preferred walk-on.

“I was really good,” Hampton said. “They took us off and did some 1-on-1 stuff. I liked that because of the competition.”

After the camp, the coaches – Hampton said he mainly talked to tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and wide receivers coach Michael Smith – spoke to him and gave him the option to join the Razorbacks.

“They said there was a spot for me on the team as a preferred walk-on,” Hampton said. “They said I really impressed them.”

As an Arkansas kid, Hampton said he was excited to have a chance to play for his home state.

“Growing up around Arkansas football and the Razorbacks, it’s always been in the back of my mind that it’d be awesome to play for them,” Hampton said. “It’s special to have this opportunity.”

While it might be a while, Hampton said the coaches even told him there was a chance for him to eventually earn a scholarship offer.

However, he knows there are several areas of his game that he needs to improve before that can happen.

“I really want to work on my feet and getting in and out of my routes quicker,” Hampton said.

The first opportunity Hampton will have to work on those things is at the Shootout of the South, a 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock Friday and Saturday.

Currently, Hampton has five offers, with only one – Army – being an FBS school. His other four are from FCS Southeast Missouri State and Division II Arkansas Tech, Harding and Ouachita Baptist.

He feels like that number could grow in the next few months.

Memphis wants to see my first football game,” Hampton said. “Tulsa is talking about it, but hasn’t made any moves. Vanderbilt and UCA are also interested.”

On top of the one at Arkansas, Hampton has already attended camps at Memphis and Tulsa, while he is planning on going to one at Vanderbilt (June 26) and UCA (July 19).

Hampton’s teammate, offensive lineman Dylan Hays, was also offered as a preferred walk-on.

“It’s awesome,” Hampton said. “Growing up together forever and to be able to get a chance to play at the next level is really cool.”

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