Checking In: Floyd Stadium thoughts

Tuesday night might have been a let down for many Blue Raider faithful, but for a few future players it was a thrill.

Future wideout Tracy Hampton hails from nearby Nashville, so the trip to Murfreesboro isn't exactly a burden. That being said, Hampton has made it to two of the three home games so far in 2010. He was present at the Austin Peay game before taking in the Blackout Game against Troy.

"It's great. I love it," says Hampton when asked what he thinks about Floyd Stadium. "There weren't many people there, but they showed me that we've got great fans. After we scored going into halftime it was so loud in there it seemed like we were winning and that was great."

Since giving his verbal commitment earlier this summer, Hampton has maintained consistent contact with the Middle Tennessee staff. Besides talking about upcoming games, family life and just general chatter, he's also talked about where he could end up once he arrives on campus.

"We talked a few weeks ago about that," says Hampton. "I'm going in as an athlete, so I can play anywhere on the field. Personally, I don't care where I play. They said I'll get put in a position where I can get on the field faster."

Hampton goes on to say that slot receiver, punt returner and cornerback have all been discussed so far. Although officially listed as a WR, he has experience at all three positions and has even nabbed two interceptions so far this season.

"I don't care where I play as long as it's not a lineman or anything," Hampton laughs.

Briarcrest Christian's Jerrold Frazier also took in the Blackout Game. Although he caught the Blue Raiders when they visited his hometown of Memphis earlier in the season, this was his first visit to campus.

"I loved it. It was great," Frazier says of his first Floyd Stadium experience. "I guess I would say tremendous. Big. Exciting."

Like Hampton, Frazier has been in contact with the staff since committing earlier this season.

"The only person I really talk to is Coach Ellis. He's been keeping me up to date and being friendly," he says.

Still, Jerrold has talked with defensive line coach John Palermo about where he could wind up once he arrives on campus.

"They're gonna use me as a defensive end and a defensive tackle. He told me they have six folks graduating from the defensive line so I'll probably come in and play early."

For the record, the 6-0, 230 lb. Frazier currently plays defensive tackle at Briarcrest.

Stay tuned to for more on Tracy, Jerrold and more future Blue Raiders.

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