Diamond In The Rough: Hampton's a Hawk

Jewel Hampton, a RB from Warren Central High School, put up over 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior campaign, but wasn't getting much recruiting attention. When Iowa came through with an offer, Jewel listened. On Sunday, he committed to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Read more about Hampton and his commitment in this premium recruiting update.

Jewel Hampton, an incredibly productive RB from Warren Central HS in Indianapolis, Indiana has given his verbal commitment to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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.


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