Things pick up for Hampton

One of the more intriguing prospects in the JUCO ranks this fall is Southwestern DT Alfonso Hampton (6-5, 320). Since he's only played one year of organized football, a lot of schools are playing the "wait and see" game with him, but he's got plenty of eyes looking at him and if he gets off to a fast start this fall his recruitment promises to take off rather quickly...

"Right now I don't have any offers, but I have a lot of schools interested in me," Hampton told "The ones that are contacting me the most right now are Oregon, USC, Washington, Miami, Texas A&M, Florida State, Mississippi State and Colorado State.

"Actually, Washington is the one school recently that really started to show some interest. I talked to coach (Tosh) Lupoi and I really liked him and our conversation."

As a freshman for Southwestern last season, Hampton totaled 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Those might seem like pedestrian totals, but then when you factor in that, up until last fall, he had never played football before, you start to look at things a little differently.

"The coaches moved me all around," Hampton said. "Mostly I played as a one (head up on the center) or two (shaded to one side of the center) tech, but I also played the three tech spot as well.

"It didn't really matter to me since I got double-teamed no matter where I lined up, so I was fine playing wherever."

When he enrolled at Southwestern, Hampton said he had no plans to play football, but then, during a basketball game against some football players, they told him he should try out.

"I had never really thought about playing football before because I was more of a basketball guy, but when some of those guys saw me play they were like 'a big guy that can move like you should be playing football', so I talked to coaches and they said to come on out," Hampton said.

Hampton is on pace to graduate in May, but said he is meeting with some counselors and hopes to work out what classes he needs to take in order to finish up in December. No matter where he ends up, Hampton will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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