"Jewel" Of A Back Has Interest In Bearcats

The Bearcats will certainly be adding some running backs in their 2008 recruiting class. This stocky running back from Indianapolis definitely has interest in the Bearcats.

A number of players came down from Indianapolis Warren Central High School a couple weeks ago to take part in Cincinnati's Junior Day. One of them was Jewel Hampton, a 5' 9"/192 pound slotback.

Last season Hampton didn't get the touches he'll likely get in 2007 because the Warriors had Darren Evans (6' 1"/217 pound), a running back that rushed for 2,816 yards and a state record 61 touchdowns in 15 games last season. Evans has taken his show on the road to Virginia Tech so Hampton is the heir apparent for 2007.

Despite limited touches in 2006, Hampton made the most of them. Jewell carried the football 51 times for 513 yards, a 10 yard per carry average. He also had 3 catches for 28 yards.

Hampton spoke briefly about his visit to the Queen City. "It was good. I really liked the stadium and the weight room." Jewel has no offers at this time but is hearing from a handful of schools.

The Warren Central star-to-be is very close friends with Warrior linebacker Anthony Weather, but Jewel may need to do some additional work in the classroom before he can play any college ball since he categorized himself as a "C/D" student.

Like many of the Warren Central players, Jewel said he's a regular in the weight room and doesn't participate in any other sports. Hampton currently bench presses about 280 pounds.

Bearcat Insider will check back with Jewel this summer.

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