Dominique Hampton has been in touch with the Irish staff since he followed them on Twitter months ago. That’s about when cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght watched Hampton’s film and liked what he saw. That led to an invite to the Blue-Gold Game last weekend.
Hampton and his family made the trip to South Bend and enjoyed every minute of it. The three-star junior was schooled up on what it takes to play football professionally, something that Hampton has high aspirations of accomplishing.
“When I first got there, we actually met the coaches,” Hampton said. “I was talking to coach Lyght, and he was talking about the NFL thing, because that’s the goal I’m trying to reach, and he was talking about all the things you have to go through to get to the NFL, all the things you have to do in college, being an All-American and stuff like that.”
Given Lyght’s illustrious career in the NFL, Hampton was happy to receive first-hand knowledge of how a first-round pick went about his business. Then Lyght pivoted to making it at Notre Dame, where the Irish cornerbacks coach was a first-team All-American.
“Then, he started talking about how the school was,” Hampton said. “When I started walking around the campus, I started seeing how beautiful the campus was. I saw how they had all the Heisman trophies from the past winners. It was a nice campus.”
Hampton and his family were very impressed with the game day atmosphere on campus and the support the football program has from the community of South Bend.
“It was special because they said they’ve sold out every home game since, like, 1960-something,” Hampton said. “That’s amazing and when I went to the spring game, it was packed. It’s like the whole community is invested in the team and that’s a good feeling.
“I was sitting next to a recruit and we were talking about how it was the first time we had been to a spring game and it was packed, like it was.”
The corner prospect maintains that Notre Dame will be hard to top during his recruitment.
“Like I said before, they’ll always be up on the top of the list, if not, on the top of the list, just because of the history the school has,” Hampton said. “They have the highest winning percentage in all of college football. All that’s amazing.”
The Irish staff has plans to visit Hampton at Centennial High School during one of his practices when coaches hit the road next week.
“They said they weren’t going to offer me that day, but they’re going to come see me during spring camp,” Hampton said. “They’re going to come to Arizona and visit me.”
The Irish have several holes to fill within their defensive backfield. Hampton certainly has the size to compete at the college level and possesses a physical advantage over most recruits currently on their board at the cornerback position.
Notre Dame likely wants to see if Hampton has the long speed it needs in the secondary. If Hampton has what the Irish are looking for, he could receive an offer in the coming weeks.