'The atmosphere was crazy'

'The atmosphere was crazy'

C.J. Hampton has been committed to Ole Miss longer than any member of its class of 2014, but he's become a regular in Tuscaloosa over the last two weeks, making a return to campus for Saturday's shutout of the Rebels.

Four-star C.J. Hampton has been committed to Ole Miss for well over a year, but he made his second straight trip to Tuscaloosa on a Saturday to check out Alabama in action, a program that has increased its pursuit of the Meridian (Miss.) standout defensive back.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has reciprocated interest as well of late, though he remains verbally pledged to sign with the Rebels in February.

Ironically enough, his most recent trip east was to see the Crimson Tide play the team he knows so well.

Was it weird?

"Not really," Hampton said while laughing a day after returning home from Alabama's 25-0 victory. "It was good, I enjoyed it."

Understandably not wanting to get into recruiting, the No. 10 safety in the class of 2014 has previously said that Alabama and Auburn are among the schools he would like to look into a bit more despite his commitment to Hugh Freeze and company. The environment at Bryant-Denney Stadium was a little more intense this past Saturday as opposed to his time in town to see Alabama host Colorado State a week earlier.

"The facilities were nice and the atmosphere was crazy," he said.

Hampton, who is very active on social media, later interacted with Alabama quarterback commitment David Cornwell on Twitter. Cornwell is noted for helping Nick Saban and company recruit the class of 2014, which currently holds the top spot in Scout.com's team recruiting rankings, and Hampton could be a new target after the two met while attending the top-25 showdown.

There was a message sent to Cornwell that Hampton has since deleted, though the four-star QBs reply can be seen below.

Hampton, who is set to graduate in December before enrolling early at his school of choice in the spring, will visit Ole Miss for their next home game on October 12 against Texas A&M. The senior is also slated to play in the Army All-American game in Texas soon after graduating from Meridian.

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