The 2022 recruiting class is full of talented running backs throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and UNC finally added one of their main targets. On Thursday, four-star running back Omarion Hampton became the third in-state recruit to commit to the Heels for the 2022 season. The announcement came during a ceremony broadcast by CBS Sports HQ.
As we’ll continue to mention, recruiting rankings and evaluations are still impacted by COVID-induced delays. That hasn’t stopped the main recruiting services from largely agreeing on Hampton’s potential at the next level. As with most recruits since Mack Brown arrived, Hampton is another major addition to the Tar Heel program.
Rivals: RB, 4-star, #132 (national), #9 (position), #4 (state)
ESPN: RB, 4-star, #185 (national), #13 (position), #3 (state)
247 Sports (organic): RB, 4-star, #140 (national), #11 (position), #5 (state)
247 Sports (composite): RB, 4-star, #144 (national), #12 (position), #4(state)
The 6-0, 215-pound running back plays for Cleveland High School in Clayton, NC. Per MaxPreps, Hampton broke out as a sophomore with 2402 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns. In the COVID-reduced junior campaign this past spring, he totaled 685 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in just five games. He also averaged an silly 11.8 yards per carry.
Already selected to the All-American Bowl, Hampton is the highest rated running back recruit since Elijah Hood in 2014. And, while Javonte Williams and Michael Carter’s success are proof that rankings don’t predict future success, Hampton’s commitment is evidence of UNC’s increased stature within the college football world among elite recruits. That point is driven home by the fact that Hampton chose UNC despite officially visiting Penn State, Auburn, and Florida.
Hampton is the 11th recruit for the 2022 class and the third from North Carolina. He is also the fifth ESPN 300 recruit and the seventh commitment with at least one four star ranking from Rivals, ESPN, and/or 247 Sports.
Since Mack Brown arrived, he has signed or received the commitment of 26 ESPN 300 recruits.