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Hampton picks Liberty

By Brian Pitts

Davie Enterprise Record

Twenty-plus offers rolled in for Davie quarterback Nate Hampton. The 6-6, 230-pound rising senior narrowed his list to Liberty, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, and on June 14 he announced his verbal commitment via a Twitter post.

Hampton is going to be a Liberty Flame. He made up his mind in May.
Several weeks later, he committed during a conversation with head coach Hugh Freeze and some of his assistants.

“Hugh Freeze and (quarterbacks coach Kent Austin), they know what they’re doing,” Hampton, who plans to early enroll in January 2021, told the Winston-Salem Journal. “Their whole (run-pass option) game and drop-back game, I think it’s really similar to a lot of the stuff I do in high school. And I feel like once I get to college, it’ll be second nature for me.”

Hampton is rated a 3-star prospect per 247Sports.

“I have a great opportunity to play as a sophomore,” he told the Journal. “And I think that’s another huge thing because I want to go somewhere where I’m going to play.”

Hampton holds a slew of Davie passing records going into his senior year, a season that might not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic. The standard for passing yards in a game is Chris Reynolds’ 413, but Hampton owns the second, third and fourth spots in that category. He threw for 411 in a 31-30 overtime win over Mooresville, 402 in a 49-42 win over Reagan and 388 in a 43-40 loss to Kannapolis.

He made his announcement by posting a video on Twitter.

“Since a kid, I’ve wanted to play at the next level,” he said in the video. “I want to thank God for putting me in this position to better my future. I want to thank Him also for all the talents and opportunities He has blessed me with. I want to thank all the college coaches who have offered me and believed in me as a player. I want to thank my family, my friends, my coaches, mentors and trainers for believing in me and supporting me throughout this process. With that being said, I’m 100-percent committed to Liberty University. Go Flames.”