You probably remember Independence coach Tom Knotts kicking all-American CB Victor Hampton, then a Florida commitment, off the team last summer. Hampton wound up at Darlington (S.C.) High, where he helped coach Justin Danner’s team reach the first round of the playoffs.
“I think he realized, ‘I could possibly throw away a lot of things I could have had,’” Danner said. “He came to us late and we didn’t know what to expect, but he’s done everything we’ve asked of him.”
When Hampton was booted by the Patriots, the offer from the Gators disappeared. Now, according to Danner, he’s considering Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn and North Carolina.
“He’s very competitive and that’s something you just can’t teach,” Danner said. “He’s got great quickness.”
Not to mention 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Those attributes prompted the Darlington coaches to use him more and more at RB, and in the playoff loss, he rushed for 113 yards while making nine tackles on defense.
While Danner was unsure of Hampton’s regular-season stats, he said that the player returned two punts for TDs.
Is Hampton’s rehabilitation complete? At this point, as he gets set to visit South Carolina this weekend, that seems likely. Not certain, but likely.