Hampton knows Florida is ‘DBU’

Team Tampa is loaded with star football players and so ring to eyeball them all isn’t easy. One guy that may be sliding under the radar at the moment, but looks to make big strides later is Tampa Hillsborough cornerback Michael Hampton.

Michael Hampton wasn’t allowing anything last Saturday at the Ty Timmons ‘The Challenge’ 7on7 tournament held in Tampa. The 6-foot-1, 180 pound corner constantly broke on the ball…. when it was actually thrown at him.

”I am doing pretty good, but would like to see more passes thrown my way,” he said between the play-in games and playoffs on the day “There is a lot of competition and hype.”

Preparing this spring for his senior year at Hillsborough, Hampton knows he is going to have to be a leader with a good amount of younger players having to take the field. He also knows he has to be better.

“We will be pretty good, we need to get that bond back together,” he said of his high school team. “We have some young guys coming in, so we need to get the bond back together. Last year I wasn’t as good in my tackling, but this year I will be better.”

Florida is a program he is visited and likes, and the Gators have mutual interest. He’s got offers from Mercer, Pitt, Virginia, and South Florida at the moment, ad the gators are evaluating him still. Defensive back coach Kirk Callahan certainly knows who he is and will be by this spring to get a better look.

“The Gators talk to me every once in a while, but they are coming to see me in the spring,” Hampton said. “Coach Cal is nice and we have a great relationship. He’s cool because he coached at Armwood and we always joked about that because I play at Hillsborough. He says he likes my size and my physical play and the way I get after the ball.”

Hampton isn’t afraid to say he really likes what Florida brings to the table.

“I like everything about Florida,” he said. “I know it’s DBU and so many guys going to the NFL. I plan on visiting again in the spring, after my spring game. I might go to the Friday Night Lights (in July).”

When all is said and done, Hampton knows what he is looking for in a school.

It is going to be about academics, coaches, relationships with the players and coaches, and the environment.


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