Patrick Hampton Sets Up Visits

Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King High defensive end Patrick Hampton is still weighing his options. He has three of his five official visits already set. With nine offers under his belt, Hampton is receiving interest from several top programs including one from the Southeastern Conference.

At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Patrick Hampton has already nabbed offers from Indiana, Maryland, South Florida, Purdue, Duke, Miami-Ohio, Memphis, Akron and his latest Alabama State. Now he's getting interest from one of the most coveted programs in the Southeastern Conference.

"Auburn is showing me a lot of interest right now," said Hampton. "I've been trying to stay on the phone with them. Their defensive coordinator (Will Muschamp) came by my school last week and then my recruiter coach (Terry Price) came by a couple of days later."

"I'm very interested in Auburn and it would be huge for me if they offered. We set up an official visit for January."

Auburn is just one of three schools that will be receiving an official from Hampton.

"I have three official visits set up," he said. "I'm going to Purdue on Jan. 12th, South Florida on Jan. 19th and Auburn on the 26th. I'm talking to Middle Tennessee about an official visit as well."

Hampton finished his senior season with 73 tackles, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and five blocked field goals.

Most schools are recruiting Hampton at linebacker. He is a good athlete with the ability to make big plays by beating blockers with his quickness and agility.

Hampton is considered the biggest prospect to come out of his high school. Now in its sixth year of existence, the Martin Luther King Football program has already succeeded beyond expectations. In fact, the Lions finished with a remarkable 10-2 record after moving from Class 3A to 5A this season.

"First of all, to jump from 3A to 5A, MLK proved to everyone that we could do more than just play quality football," said Hampton. "I think we've opened a lot of people's eyes this season. When we moved to 5A, people thought we wouldn't do anything. We finished second in our region and I think that's pretty good."

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