4-star WR Aeryn Hampton of Daingerfield picks Longhorns over Crimson Tide

Sports Director Michael Coleman was with Hampton’s family Friday evening.
4-star WR Aeryn Hampton of Daingerfield picks Longhorns over Crimson Tide
Published: Jul. 7, 2023 at 8:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2023 at 11:33 PM CDT
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DAINGERFIELD, Texas (KLTV) - Daingerfield ISD wide receiver and defensive back Aeryn Hampton has committed to the Longhorns.

Hampton has been courted by a number of universities, and had narrowed his decision down to the Crimson Tide or the Longhorns. Tonight, he announced his choice to stay in the Lone Star State and play for the University of Texas after his senior year at Daingerfield.

His decision was shared by livestream for a regional sports outlet, and Hampton talked about what this opportunity meant to him.

“Man, you know Coach Shark, I love Coach Shark. I love that dude,” Hampton said. “I love that whole staff. I mean, even when I decommitted from the program, you know, they still stayed on me, you know I like that. But Texas is Texas. Who wouldn’t want to play for Texas, you know, just seeing what Coach Sark did at Alabama, all those offensive players, I know I can go there and play defense too. But, just seeing what he did, you know, that just shows me the relationship that we have.”

His mom, Lisa Boyd, was positive about the outcome.

“Just thinking these last few days where was he going to spend his next four years, but you know with the help of God and supportive family members, we made the best choice I think possible. Horns up,” she said.

Hampton’s high school coach, David Nelson, was leaning towards a preference for him to go to Texas, but either way, the decision, like the orange or crimson cake at the party, would be sweet.

“It’s been a pleasure coaching him, and I’m excited to be coaching him his senior year,” Nelson said. “Just seeing him grow as a football player -- just excited to see what he does as his future continues to blossom.”

Alabama and Texas will meet in Tuscaloosa come September, and already the Longhorns have claimed a victory over Nick Saban.