D.C. Safety has Two on Top

The safety postion is another major recruiting need for this recruiting class. A top safety from the Washington, D.C. area has <b>Michigan</b> high on his list, and is planning to be in Ann Arbor for camp. Will he end up a Wolverine? <br>

St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. will be familiar to Michigan recruiting fans as the high school of former U-M recruiting target Rico McCoy. It is also the home of safety Stephon Hampton. While the 6-foot-0, 182-pound Hampton reports no offers from the moment, he is set on which schools he favors. "My top two are Michigan and Tennessee," he said. "Michigan has told me to come up to their camp. They said if I excel at the camp I would get an offer. If that happened I would probably commit right there."

Hampton said he is also receiving interest from Minnesota, Ohio State, Maryland, Virginia and Marshall. During his junior season he reports 85 tackles, four forced fumbles, two he recovered and one he ran back for a touchdown, and two interceptions. "All the schools are recruiting me for safety," he said. "That's where I want to play in college. Erik Campbell is recruiting me from Michigan and I like him a lot. I haven't talked to the defensive backs coach (Ron English) up there yet."

McCoy signed with Tennessee in February, and Hampton said he is recruiting his former teammate hard, hoping the two can pair up once again in Knoxville. "Rico is really trying to get me to come with him to Tennessee so I can back him up again on defense; he talks about how great it is there," Hampton said. "He really liked Michigan too, he said the stadium up there in awesome. I'm looking forward to going up and seeing it for myself."

Hampton said he attended camp at Virginia last summer and, along with Michigan, will camp at Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He said he will probably visit Maryland this weekend for one of their spring practices, and will be at the Nike camp at Blacksburg later this month. "I'm also going to the Prepstar Combine on May 7 at West Virginia," he said.

Reporting a 2.6 grade-point-average, Hampton said he would like to major in communications. The speedster also runs track for St. John's as the second leg in the 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams. "I doubt I'll do that in college though," he said. "A lot of guys I talk to say there just isn't any time for two sports, football takes up all their time."

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