JUCO DT gaining attention from Pac-12

Chula Vista (Calif.) DT Alfonso Hampton is getting noticed by some big time programs.

Though he's only been playing football for a year, Alfonso Hampton has already turned some heads at a few big programs this offseason. The junior college prospect has received interest from Texas A&M and a few Pac-12 programs in Oregon, USC, Washington, and most recently, Arizona State.

Even without an offer, the feeling is that might change soon for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound defensive tackle from Southwestern Community College. In the meantime, Hampton is improving his game on a daily basis through two-a-days and constant lifting sessions that are helping him improve his physical and mental game.

"I'm just working hard at using my hands more and working smarter not harder," Hampton said.

Hampton said he's working on becoming the "total package" for whatever program he chooses. One of the first to show interest was new Oregon defensive line coach Ron Aiken.

"He really likes my motor, my strength, and my ability to move at the size that I am," Hampton said.

The interest goes both ways. According to Hampton, he's been interested in Oregon's academic and athletic programs for some time.

"I have a lot of interest in Oregon," Hampton said. "That was one of those schools that, as soon as I started playing football, I was interested in before they even contacted me. It was a big surprise when they contacted me."

Hampton has even been studying highlights to see how the offense and defense operate within the Oregon system. Despite his lack of experience, Hampton is confident that he could adapt to the fast-paced system Oregon has in place.

"One of the best things about me is that I can adapt fast and I'm coachable," Hampton said. "I feel like I could pick it up with a little bit of time and play how they want me to play."

Only Arizona State has discussed the possibility of a visit with Hampton among the interested schools. Still early in the process and with another season ahead of him, Hampton wants to obtain offers and take a couple of official visits before making a decision.

"I'm keeping my options open," Hampton said. "Nothing is set in stone right now."

Once he decides on a school, Hampton will have three years to play two.

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