Buffs After Tall, Speedy Arizona Cornerback

Dominique Hampton has already qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter dash, the 200, and the 4x1-relay this spring. And that speed translates to the football field...

Hampton was a first-team all-region selection as a junior. His game has evolved to the point where he is more worried about his teammates than himself this off-season.

“I used to be about me but now I want to help my teammates improve on their abilities so that we're better as a unit, better as a team,” said Hampton, who moved to Arizona from Georgia when he was "about" six years old.

After dealing with injuries as an eighth grader and freshman at Centennial High School, Hampton started to emerge and he broke through last fall. His older brother D.J. Hampton went on to play cornerback collegiately at Idaho so he had a good mentor along the way.

And now Dominique has a Pac-12 offer.

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“After I tore my meniscus in my right knee I didn't think I was going to be able to move as well but I was able to work my way back and obviously got even better,” he said. “It felt really good to find out my hard work finally paid off by getting that offer.”

Tight ends coach Gary Bernardi, who recruits Arizona from the Buffaloes' staff, has been keeping in contact with Hampton.

“Colorado said they like my size (6-foot-2, 180-pounds), physicality and speed,” he said. “Coach Bernardi told me how nice the campus is there so I went online to look it up and it is a really beautiful campus. I believe I am going to go on a visit there soon. I don't know, though, with my track schedule... it might not be until this summer.”

The last defensive back Colorado signed out of the Grand Canyon State turned out very well for the Buffs. Former Brophy Prep standout Isaiah Oliver saw increased playing time as an underclassman at Colorado and he is expected to be one of the Buffs' top overall players going into the 2017 season.

“I actually ran track with Isaiah when I was younger and I talked to his dad at a track meet recently after getting the Colorado offer,” Hampton said.

What other colleges are in the mix?

“Colorado is the main school at the moment but some in-state schools are showing interest, like Arizona State and Arizona,” he said. “I am pretty much open to playing anywhere at this point. I am just taking the process in right now.”

Hampton clocked in at 11.1-seconds in the 100 at his last meet. He is aiming to get into the high 10s before track season ends.


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