Hampton reaffirms IU verbal

Cleveland Heights cornerback Bruce Hampton commited to Indiana when Gerry DiNardo was still the coach of the Hoosiers, now that he has been released and replaced by Terry Hoeppner, Hampton still wants to be a Hoosier. To find out why and what his future holds, see inside.

Hampton came to town the weekend of January 7th, before most of the players had returned from Christmas break, and got a chance to meet the new coaching staff. In regards to his visit, he said, "Everything went well, I like the way coach Hoeppner is going about this whole thing. Just trying to restore some tradition at Indiana and get people excited again."

Hampton chose Indiana over several suitors, including Stanford and Boston College. When asked why he chose Indiana over his other schools, Hampton replied, "There were a lot of reasons for my decision. I am going to get a good education at the Kelley School of Business. I will have the opportunity to play in the Big Ten Conference against the top notch talent. I will also have the opportunity to play early, Indiana is not shy about putting people out there that they think can play when they are freshmen or sophomores."

"I also get to play for a good coach, I really like coach Douglas, my corners coach. Hampton is projected as a cornerback, but he didn't want to leave his options too limited with the new spread offense that Indiana will run. Hampton said, "I wouldn't leave out the option of playing a little slot receiver. Coach Hoeppner said I could be a guy who could come in and compete at either position."

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