The Moultrie, Georgia native talked with Bearcat Insider about the reasons the Bearcats won out in his recruitment.
"I've been up to Cincinnati before as I have family up around there," said Hampton. "I was younger but I have some family in Columbus and some cousins in Cincinnati. I also have family in the Dayton area and other parts of Ohio."
When it came time to give UC his pledge Hampton knew there would be ripples for his entire family and played a major role in Cincinnati winning out over South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Air Force and Vanderbilt to name a few.
"It was more of the family aspect of things and knowing I have family around is great because I know they've always wanted to see me play," he said. "My family really likes my decision because my mom is from northern Ohio.
"So my family wants to pick up and move so they can put my sister in a certain school and also so they can be around other family members they haven't seen in a long time."
His weekend camp visit and the efforts of main recruiting coach Blake Rolan and linebackers coach Hank Hughes also played a major role in his decision.
"Camp was real great," he continued. "I met all of the coaches and some of the players and they are all pretty cool. Coach Rolan was great and with Coach Hughes being my position coach, I got a chance to learn from him on Saturday.
"I like coaches that are tough and are going to teach me and get the best out of me. I got the feeling he could do that because when we were out there doing drills I kept getting better and better just while I was at camp. So I know I'm going to continue working on what he taught me to become the best linebacker I can be.
"The campus is also beautiful and just the whole city of Cincinnati, I just loved."
The 6-foot, 235-pound future MIKE linebacker is happy to have the decision behind him and is ready to focus his attention on his senior year of high school.
"It feels really good to have the decision made because now I can focus on winning a state championship with my team and being able to enjoy my senior season," he said. "I can also keep my grades up and just enjoy my whole senior experience."