After putting up over 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior campaign, his height and measurables may have limited his recruiting attention, but there's no denying his production on the field.
The Iowa coaching staff, hoping to find a starting running back for the coming seasons, told Hampton he'd have his shot from day one.
"They said they don't have a lot of depth at RB," he said. "They only have one RB on scholarship, they don't know if he's going to stay, so the position's wide open."
With the opportunity to play, Hampton just needed to get to Iowa City to check out the campus and the atmosphere. He liked what he said.
"I was down there, and it just felt like home; I felt good about the place," he said. "I toured the school, saw the facilities. It met my qualifications, so I decided to do it.
"They just congratulated me, said, ‘welcome to the family,' basically."
Hampton, who was hosted by Christian Ballard, said he took extra time to talk about the depth chart, the weight program, and get to know the coaching staff, who likes the way he runs, similar to Ray Rice of Rutgers.
"They said that I have a quick first step, and that I ‘run mean,'" he said.
Hampton said he is done taking visits, as he had already visited his other offer, Ball State earlier in the year.