Dominique Hampton (Blair Angulo)

Peoria Centennial Cornerback Dominique Hampton Talks Arizona and Colorado Offers

Colorado and Arizona became the first two scholarship offers for Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial cornerback prospect Dominique Hampton, who could be in line for a big spring evaluation period...

Dominique Hampton was impressive in coverage at several passing tournaments in recent weeks and he's sustained that momentum on the recruiting front as well.

The rangy defensive back from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial picked up his first two scholarship offers from Colorado and Arizona heading into the ever-important spring evaluation period and that could only be the beginning.

"It was definitely a mix of being surprised and excited," Hampton told "I was surprised that I got an offer this early and I was excited that I finally got the first offer out of the way. With Colorado I talked to coach (Gary) Bernardi and he told me they like my height and the range I could have at corner.

"I had been in contact with them since earlier this year and it just picked up more and more. One thing is that I know of a couple guys that are up there like Brett Tonz, an offensive lineman who went to Centennial, and then Isaiah Oliver, who went to Brophy, that I use to run track with. It was cool to get an offer for a place I know people at."

In the aforementioned passing tournaments, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect made it difficult for receivers to gain separation down field but he also broke well on the football, showing good timing and using his hands well to negate passing windows. Hampton said he intends to get out to Boulder soon once he checks some track meets off his schedule, with the intention to "look into the majors to see if they've got what I'm looking for academically."

Hampton added Arizona to his list Wednesday and is familiar with the program, having taken a visit to campus recently and also stopping by last year for the weekend the Wildcats played Stanford.

"They showed me around the facilities, introduced me to the rest of the coaching staff, talked about the program and talked about how I can fit into their scheme at either safety or corner," Hampton said. "I would say I have a pretty good relationship with the staff there because they have visited me at school a couple times and I've been in contact with them.

"I was offered by coach Rich Rodriguez in the office before leaving campus. It's big for my recruitment because it gives me another opportunity I can take advantage of to further my education and continue to play football. Right now, I wouldn't be able to give you a list of my top schools but Arizona will remain in the running with the other schools until I'm ready to make my decision."

Arizona State is another program Hampton has been in communication with, he said.

Hampton was credited with 36 tackles and 10 pass deflections in 14 games as a junior last season. He is also a standout sprinter, qualifying for the state meet in the 100- and 200-meter races, and the 4x1 relay this spring.

Dominique Hampton (Blair Angulo)

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