MUS star Maurice Hampton talks visits and more

Maurice Hampton out of Memphis, Tenn., is one of the top two-sport athletes in the country. The 6-foot, 190-pound centerfielder and defensive back for MUS committed to LSU's baseball program last summer. He stopped by Ole Miss recently for their Junior Day.

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MUS has seen its star outfielder and defensive back blow up on the national recruiting scene. He has offers in both sports from several of the SEC top programs including LSU, MSU, Ole Miss and Alabama. This past season on the gridiron he finished with 42 tackles, four interceptions and broke up six passes. On the diamond he was named a 2017 Preseason 2nd Team All-American by Perfect Games.

Baseball is now in the middle of the season, and he's trying to get MUS back on track.

"We have struggled a little bit this season," Hampton said. "But we are picking it up. I'm just trying to rally the troops and get us to playing back to our capabilities."


Hampton committed to LSU last summer. Which program did he commit to, baseball or football?

"I committed to both of them but it was definitely more of a baseball decision being so early in the process."

What made LSU stand out?

"It was just that both of their programs, both football and baseball, were good. Both of their coaches sat me down and told me I could play both sports. That played a major role in me committing so early."

Hampton is still visiting other schools despite his commitment to LSU. He's been to Ole Miss a few times this season and returned earlier this month.

"Ole Miss also has a good football and baseball program. They have had some players come in and play both sports. They have a really good football program and the baseball team has been doing well. I've learned a lot about Ole Miss in the past couple of years during my visits. I just like the atmosphere there. It has a good college town feel to it, and they get a lot of support from their fans around Oxford."

Which sport has priority in his recruitment, baseball or football, or are they equal?

"I'll be signing in football because I can get a full scholarship, but I look at it equally, because I love both sports."

Who else is heavily involved?

"MSU has been heavy. Alabama offered me about a month and half ago. I have been talking to them a lot. LSU, MSU, Alabama and Ole Miss are the schools I have been talking to the most."

What is MSU saying?

"Their recruiting coordinator at LSU is now the head baseball coach at MSU. We already had a good relationship so we are just building it from there. I would put MSUJ at the top of my list just because of my relationship with their coach. Their baseball program is coming after me harder than the rest of the schools too."

Alabama is recruiting him for football.

"When you walk into coach Saban's office; it is just different. They have been strong the past couple of years. There's nothing like Alabama football."

Is Bama also recruiting him in baseball?

"More for football."

And Ole Miss?

"I would say their football program is recruiting me a little harder than baseball. The opposite with MSU, and LSU is recruiting me equally in both sports."

Where all has Hampton visited so far this spring?

"I've been to LSU, Alabama, MSU and my last visit was to Ole Miss. I'm done with my visits."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com







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