Virginia Tech landed a verbal commitment from Georgetown Preparatory School (Maryland) running back Jalen Hampton over the weekend.
Hampton, a three-star ranked recruit (247 Sports composite rankings), joins fellow running backs CJ Beasley and Jordan Brunson as part of the Hokies' 2020 class. Beasley verbally committed at the end of May while Brunson made his decision known on June 25.
The 5-foot-10, 194-pounder spoke to The Roanoke Times on Monday about that decision and made it clear he doesn’t have an issue with Virginia Tech loading up with talent at his position.
“I pay attention to all that and they kind of told me what they were doing,” Hampton said. ”I still felt great about the offer.”
Hampton has received 10 scholarship offers, including ones from Boston College, Syracuse, Rutgers and Massachusetts. He’s the No. 64 ranked running back in the 2020 class and No. 29 ranked recruit in Maryland.
Virginia Tech has signed four players out of Maryland during coach Justin Fuente’s tenure — Nathan Proctor, Christian Darrisaw, Alden Brown and DeJuan Ellis, who played in the same conference as Hampton in high school.
Hampton's offer from Virginia Tech came after his participation in the Nike Opening regional in Washington D.C., where he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash.
The Hokies became a clear frontrunner for Hampton when he visited Blacksburg three weeks later and spent time with new receivers coach Jafar Williams and the rest of the Tech's coaching staff. Williams has been Hampton’s primary recruiter since joining the staff earlier this year.
“He really likes me,” Hampton said. “We talk a lot and have a pretty good relationship. I’ve always liked Virginia Tech. I knew when they offered I already like the school, so it wasn’t that hard of a decision.”
Hampton envisions his versatility helping crave out a role when he gets to Blacksburg.
“I can catch the ball out of the backfield,” Hampton said “I know that that doesn’t really show up on my tape, but my team doesn’t really throw the ball a lot. I know what I can do with the ball.”
Hampton’s stats and film back his words up. The running back ran for 1,443 yards (7.8 yards per carry) last season with 14 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he ran for 1,302 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns. Hampton also has a role on special teams returning kickoffs.
The rising senior believes e he can have an even bigger impact in 2019 for a Georgetown Prep team that only lost won game last season and was undefeated in the IAC conference.
“I had some minor injuries last year, a hip pointer, that kind of slowed me down,” Hampton said. “I want us to win a championship and go undefeated this year, so I’m getting ready to go.”