By Naji Tobias
PAHOKEE – The future is now for De’Vuntray Hampton.
As one of Pahokee’s defensive backs, the 2018 rising star is looking to capitalize on his exposure opportunities in more ways than one. With two current offers from Wake Forest and Charlotte, Hampton is hoping to earn his third one from Miami at some point.
In last week’s Miami 7-on-7 Tournament at the Mark Richt Football Camp on June 17, Hampton caught a total of 8 interceptions for the day. He helped Pahokee reach the tournament’s title game against Miami Northwestern, which resulted in a 23-22 loss.
“It was a great experience,” the 5’11”, 175-pound defensive back said. “I got to see what it’s like to play against different talent and some top-notch wide receivers from South Florida. I had the chance to pick up different techniques from college coaches and learned what it takes to be a Division 1 player. I took what the coaches gave me to get better at my craft.”
“It’s not really hot as I expected it to,” Hampton said. “Coming off the season I had as a sophomore, I was hoping for more offers. But I do see that my name is buzzing with a couple of big schools. I’m going to be patient and let my play do the talking for me.”
Hampton hopes he can help the Blue Devils win the Class 1A state championship in December, which would be the program’s seventh overall and first since 2008. For one thing, the recent additions of brothers Adarius Dent (2017 ATH) and Akeem Dent (2019 ATH) have provided a jolt of enthusiasm to Hampton and his team.
“It’s a big plus for what we are trying to do defensively this year,” said Hampton, who runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. “With Akeem being a big frame corner on the outside, he’s able to play press man coverage. As for Adarius, he can play free safety over the top. With us three together, we are trying to have one of the best secondary teams in the county.”
We’ll be closely following Hampton’s recruiting process, on-field production, and off-field progress from now until the day he signs with a college in 2018.