It didn't take long for the first junior day commitment to come in for the Texas Longhorns.
Dallas Carter LB Cameron Hampton committed to Texas on Sunday morning.
“I'm very excited for Cam and his family,” Carter head coach Patrick Williams said. “We always talk about getting Carter back on the right track, and for the University of Texas to want one of our student athletes, it's a big day for Carter High School.”
The Longhorns have gotten their share of prospects from Dallas I.S.D. during the Mack Brown era, most recently with Peter Jinkens (Skyline) in 2012. With his commitment, Hampton becomes the first Carter Cowboy to give Texas a verbal commitment since Jonathan Scott back in 2001.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hampton was named the District 11-4A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He gives the Longhorns the kind of range and versatility Mack Brown has talked about wanting to find at linebacker in this class.
“They're going to get a guy who loves to fly around and hit people in the mouth,” Williams said. “He's very aggressive. They'll get a guy who really can go sideline to sideline and make plays.”
Before committing to the Longhorns Hampton pulled in offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others.
With Mack's stance during his signing day press conference that he wouldn't take a commitment until the parents and the high school coach of the prospect signed off on it, many are wondering if it held to form with Hampton.
According to Williams, a Carter grad, it did. Hampton's parents drove down with him to Austin on Saturday and Williams got the final call before Hampton pulled the trigger.
“Coach Brown and Coach [Bruce] Chambers called to make sure this is what Cam really wanted,” Williams said. “After talking with Cam this is what he really wants. As far as I'm concerned it's a solid commitment.”
Hampton is currently ranked No. 190 on the Top247 for 2014. He's also rated as the No. 13 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 24-ranked prospect in Texas. He was recruited by Bruce Chambers and Manny Diaz.