North Carolina football recruiting: Four-star 2022 RB Omarion Hampton commits to Tar Heels on CBS Sports HQ


North Carolina’s 2022 football recruiting class picked up its highest-rated commitment yet Thursday, when four-star running back Omarion Hampton announced the Tar Heels as his college choice live on CBS Sports HQ. The four-star prospect from Clayton, North Carolina, chose coach Mack Brown’s program over Penn State and Florida.

Hampton is one of the best remaining running backs in the class. 247Sports Composite rankings list the 6-foot, 215-pound runner as the No. 4 player in North Carolina, the No. 12 running back and a top-150 overall player for 2022. Also a track star, Hampton played five games of his junior spring season, averaging 137 yards rushing per game at a whopping 11.81 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns. 

With UNC’s offense exploding during Brown’s tenure, it’s no surprise to see talented playmakers considering the Tar Heels. Hampton is the program’s sixth four-star pledge out of 11 commitments in the 2022 class so far.

Here is the full scouting report on Hampton from 247Sports recruiting insider Clint Brewster:

Thickly built running back with great lower body strength and toughness. Has an elite blend of fluency and power to go along with cutting ability and suddenness. Picks up remarkable yards after contact and can run through tacklers to get tough yards on a consistent basis. Hampton shows some patience when needed and the vision to find crease development. Shows open field instincts and the ability to absorb contact when hit. Workhorse type of running back that can carry the load. Excels on inside zone runs and downhill gap plays. Positional athletic skills and effectiveness as a pass catcher and run blocker. Enough speed to snap off long runs.

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