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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Four-star LB firm with Texas pledge

By Damon Sayles

DALLAS -- Four-star linebacker and Texas commit Cameron Hampton (Dallas/Carter) saw the Longhorns’ 2014 recruiting class take a hit with decommitments from the Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints duo of offensive tackle Demetrius Knox and running back Daniel Gresham.

Tuesday, Hampton wanted to make sure no Longhorns followers questioned his loyalty to the program -- even with all of the new interest. Hampton said he was still solid with Texas, but he also wished Knox and Gresham well as they reopened their processes.

“When we all committed, we grew a bond,” Hampton said. “When they decommitted, it really didn’t affect my decision. I’m committed faithfully. I’m just ready for my senior year.”

Hampton was recruited to Texas by Longhorns recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers, and he said Chambers contacted his father about the recent decommitments. Hampton added that while he appreciated the courtesy call, it was unnecessary.

“It really didn’t affect me,” he said. “I’m a 100-percent Texas Longhorn.”

Hampton’s words mean even more after Hampton received his latest offer. USC entered the race last week for the 6-foot, 205-pound, versatile linebacker who is quick and strong enough to play either inside or outside.

Hampton, who committed to Texas in February, has offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M and others in addition to USC. Hampton said the USC lifestyle will make many commits think twice. He said he would include himself in that conversation, but because of the way the Longhorns have treated him, he has no reason to decommit.

“They [USC] actually have a great program, a great, great program,” Hampton said. “They had a lot of decommits in the past, too, but it never affected them. I like the life there, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m 100 percent.”

Hampton is ranked No. 40 among all players in Texas, and he’s ranked No. 16 in the nation as an inside linebacker. Hampton said he is looking to play more outside linebacker in college because of his speed. He has run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.6 seconds.