In-State Guard Impressed With Tech

In-State Guard Impressed With Tech

Of his scholarship offering schools, Virginia Tech is one of two that OL Maurice Hampton has unofficially visited thus far. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound guard was in attendance for the Hokies' spring game.

"It was pretty fun," said Hampton. "It was pretty exciting. Even though it was just a spring game, they made it worth the while.

"They showed us around the locker room and weight room. They had the stats up [in the weight room]. They had people benching like 500-something pounds – that's just crazy. "

Hampton has also taken an unofficial trip to Virginia. In addition to the two in-state schools, he boasts offers from Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The atmosphere of the Hokies' spring game left a very good impression on Hampton, who currently doesn't claim any favorites.

"From what I saw, it's a real active school," said Hampton. "They're real hyped up about football. They have a lot of crowd support. From what I've seen, it's a good program. As far as academically, I would like to see what else they have to offer."

Hampton, who is being recruited by Coach Curt Newsome for Virginia Tech, feels no pressure from the coaching staff to focus on recruiting.

"What he told me was don't worry about me calling him and everything like that," said Hampton. "He kind of wants me to choose the best school for me. He's really just concerned about me. He wasn't trying to edge me off – he says he needs me. He sends me tons of mail and is constantly just seeing how I'm doing."

Before the summer lets out, Hampton hopes to visit the rest of his offering schools and make a return visit to Blacksburg.

During his junior season, Hampton played both sides of the line, but was named to the all-district team for his play on offense.

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