There is no doubt Auburn is hoping to add an upper echelon defensive back in the 2014 class, and the Tigers had one of the best in the country on campus Saturday.
Top247 safety C.J. Hampton (Meridian, Miss./Meridian) has wanted to take in a game on the Plains for some time now, so it just so happens his first was against Ole Miss, the school the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior has been committed to since his sophomore season.
“We always said we wanted to go check out the campus at Auburn, so me, my dad and my defensive back coach went to our first Auburn game Saturday,” Hampton said.
While on campus, the No. 2 prospect in Mississippi was able to spend time with the Auburn coaching staff.
“I got to hang out with Gus Malzahn and around the school, which is a very nice campus,” Hampton said. “The atmosphere was pretty good also. “
The Auburn staff made sure to fill Hampton in on the need for help in the secondary in this class.
“I spoke to Melvin Smith for a while, and I remember him from when he recruited me as a freshman when he was at Mississippi State,” Hampton said. I also spoke to Coach Charlie Harbison, Coach Ellis Johnson and Gus Malzahn. They are all great guys who have been in the Southeast for forever. Coach Ellis Johnson and Coach Harbison both coached my coach in college, so it was good to see what it would be like playing for them.”
The message to the four-star safety was clear: the opportunity to play early and get better is right here.
“They were telling me Auburn is where I should be and showing me how they would develop me just like they did with Dexter McCleon,” Miller said. “You have to respect that and they definitely have me interested just because of the player my coach became. They told me I could come right in and play right away, but so has Ole Miss.””
Auburn has targeted Hampton to play free safety and be a difference maker on the field.
“They are looking at me for free safety, and Ellis Johnson and Coach McCleon will put me in a position to make plays. Anything can happen but it looks like I will make another trip to Auburn."
This weekend, Hampton will take his first official to Ole Miss, followed by another in December/
Ole Miss official this weekend. Miami in December”