Before Nebraska (American Heritage HS)
Willie Hampton comes to Nebraska from Plantation, Fla., where he starred on a state championship team in his senior season. Hampton is one of three linebackers in the Huskers’ 2017 recruiting class.
The 6-1, 225-pound Hampton helped American Heritage High School to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 5A state title in 2016. Hampton had 71 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss, and six sacks for Coach Pat Surtain’s team. Hampton also had an interception that he returned 55 yards for a touchdown and caused two fumbles on his way to second-team Florida 5A all-state honors.
Hampton began his prep career at Oxbridge Academy. During his junior season, Hampton had 47 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, while adding nine sacks, a fumble recovery and a fumble caused. His play helped his team to a 9-3 record. Hampton had 38 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks as a sophomore, helping his team to a 10-1 record.
Hampton was ranked among the nation’s top 50 outside linebackers by both ESPN and 247 Sports, while also being ranked as one of the top 85 players in Florida.
Hampton committed to NU in September and only visited the Huskers, but also had offers from Indiana, UCF, FAU and Western Michigan. Hampton was born on March 16, 1998, and he is the son of Kim Ridley.