Still considering options

When Will Hampton pulled the trigger on a commitment for Stanford, the only other offer he had was from Northwestern. Since committing he has picked up another 14 offers. Hampton says that he will continue to evaluate his decision and the offers that keep coming in. One of the teams that will get a look is Nebraska.

Will Hampton has some areas that he wants to work on this summer. The 6-foot-3 and 270-pound Hampton, a defensive end/tackle from Houston (Texas) Cy-Creek, wants to work on his lower body.

"The summer is going great, we are just working out," Hampton said. "I am going to spend some time some time working on leg strength this summer.

"I really want to improve that area of my game so when I have to take on the double-teams, I can disengage and chase the ball from the inside.

"I am also hoping to improve on my speed. I am quick on the interior, but I would really like to make more plays outside the tackles."

Hampton plays the end position now, and could probably play that at the next level, but is really being looked at to play inside. With his size and speed, 4.89/40-yard dash, he creates some mismatch problems.

"I play defensive end now, but we play a 3-4 so I am either lined up as a 5 or a 7 usually. All of the teams recruiting me like me to play defensive tackle in college.

"As a defensive tackle now, I think that I am able to get around the bigger guys now. I am not that big really and am able to get around.

"Also, the offensive lineman that I have to engage, I can get them up top and get away from them because I am stronger than them."

Hampton committed about a month and a half ago. But, that was when Hampton just had two offers. That number has risen, sharply, since committing.

"I committed to Stanford. I think that I committed to them a month and a half ago when I went up there on an unofficial visit.

"I was really only holding one other offer from Northwestern. I have picked up some other offers since then. I have 16 offers now.

"I picked offers from Nebraska, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Colorado, Missouri and there are some others. Notre Dame is close."

That sharp rise in offers is cause for Hampton to remain committed, but keep some options open. He is going to continue to evaluate other offers.

"Honestly, yes I am. I am going to continue to evaluate my options as I go forward, but I am still committed to Stanford as of right now."

It's not decided yet if Hampton will take any other official visits this fall. But, if he had to, there are three schools right now that he would consider taking one to.

"I am still debating on taking some other official visits besides the one to Stanford. If I were to take some other visits it would have to be to Nebraska, Texas Tech and Wake Forest."

Hampton is interested in the tradition at Nebraska; the tradition and a head coach that came from a school that he knows a little something about.

"It would have to be their tradition. It would be their tradition and their coaching staff. Bo Pelini came from LSU and I am originally from Louisiana.

"I kept up with following Bo since he left LSU and went to Nebraska. He has the ability to produce the type of talent that goes onto the next level."

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