Hampton Talks Recruiting

One of the most physically imposing interior defensive linemen in the state of California this recruiting cycle is definitely Southwestern DT Alfonso Hampton (6-5, 320). After a solid season for the Jaguars, the sophomore told JCFootball.com he's up to three offers and more schools could be jumping into the fray shortly...

"My offers right now are from Akron, Idaho and New Mexico," Hampton told JCFootball.com. "I talked to Washington just the other day and they are still really interested in me and California told me they want me to come up and visit in January, so they are interested now too.

"My recruiting coach has also been talking to a lot of schools too, so I know there are some other schools out there that like me, but right now the ones I mentioned are the ones that I know about."

At 6'5" and tipping the scales at 320 pound, Hampton is exactly what programs looking to add size to their defensive line are looking for. Add to that his productivity this past season while playing both the nose tackle and three technique spot -- 32 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss -- and you have a prospect who is climbing up the charts.

"This year, the game really slowed down for me because last year was the first time I'd ever played football," Hampton noted. "I used my hands a lot better and I think my 'get off' improved quite a bit too."

Most schools like Hampton as an interior player, but some like him as a guy who can play one of the end spots in a 3-4 alignment.

"I don't care where I play, I just want to help my team any way that I can," Hampton said. "If that means I have to slide outside, I'll do it. I just like rushing the quarterback and getting after it up front."

The Jaguars finished the season with an 8-2 record and will play San Bernardino this weekend in the Southern California Bowl.

Hampton is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2014.

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