Victor Hampton, then a highly thought-of DB at Independence High, spent last spring as the No.2 player on our NC Top 25 Prospects list. He’s not on the current list because Patriots coach Tom Knotts, a no-nonsense kind of guy, kicked him off the team earlier this summer.
No one is saying officially what happened, but a source close to the program said that Hampton “ran out of chances.”
So he moved to South Carolina and wound up at Darlington High.
Florida had offered Hampton a scholarship early, and apparently intends to honor it. I'd say Hampton, though, needs to have a problem-free senior year.
We didn’t rank him in our preseason SC Top 25 because we want to see how he does under new management. Apparently, being dropped in a number of rankings rankles Hampton.
“It bugs me that all my rankings have gone down based on what somebody says and not on my talent,” Hampton told Sporting News Today. “But I’ll be alright. I’ll make it through. I’m at a great place now at Darlington.”
Before anyone feels too sorry for him, though, read between the lines of what Knotts told The Observer after Hampton was given the boot in July.
“We just thought it would be in his best interest to move on,” Knotts said. “(He) had every chance with me in the world. We’ve got a set of standards all kids have to live up to. I wish him well.”