The 2014 Ole Miss football season is just around the corner. Now that we have hit the 45 day mark until kickoff, we are going to countdown the most valuable Rebel players this season. Their rankings are based on their positions and how much of an impact they will bring to the table. Today on the countdown is…
S, Meridian, MS
Bio: C.J. Hampton came to Ole Miss as a member of the 2014 signing class. He was a U.S. Army All-American, a consensus 4-star recruit and the No. 59 prospect nationally according to 247Sports.com. Hampton was listed as one of the country’s top 10 safeties by 247Sports.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com
In 2013: In his senior year of high school, C.J. Hampton recorded 111 tackles and four interceptions, helping Meridian to the 6A state semifinals. He would also be listed under The Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen (Mississippi’s Most Wanted Prospect list).
The Value: C.J. Hampton has one of the best zone coverage skills in the nation coming out of the 2014 recruiting class. This is the biggest talent Hampton will bring to the Ole Miss secondary in 2014. Hampton has great size for his position. His tackling skills, instincts, and playmaking abilities will be very valuable to the Ole Miss defense. C.J. Hampton enrolled at Ole Miss in time for spring practices, where he proved he was every bit of the hype. In the 2014 Grove Bowl, Hampton produced five tackles in the game. In the 2014 post-spring depth chart, Hampton is listed at second string free safety, backing up All-American Cody Prewitt. This is expected to be one of the best secondary defenses Ole Miss has seen in a long time. Prewitt and Hampton will make a dynamic duo and should make some noise this season. Hampton is definitely considered to be the future of the position when Prewitt is gone.