The latest Major League Baseball draft started Monday evening and Maurice Hampton did not hear his name called. The opening night of the draft spanned two rounds and while there was some interest in Hampton in the first round, the Hampton family decided playing for LSU would prove to be a greater value than any offer extended their way by Major League Baseball.
That means “DBU” is poised to add another high school All-American to the roster this fall. Hampton plans to play both football and baseball for LSU.
Hampton tweeted out the following message but did delete it soon after, for what that’s worth:
“God knows my worth and has a plan for me. Baton Rouge I’m coming home and I’m ready to work. #ForeverLSU”
Those sentiments were backed up with official statements from Hampton following the draft, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Hampton was reportedly offered $1.8 million to play professional baseball but that offer was less than Hampton and his family thought the All-American was worth to skip the opportunity to suit up for the Tigers.
“Emotionally it was tough, but in my head, I knew what I wanted and I didn’t get it. So it was a no-brainer,” Hampton Jr. said.
Kyler Murray’s situation over the last year has been well documented, as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was expected to be playing for the Oakland A’s at this point last year well before he had his breakout performance on the gridiron. The A’s spent a first-round pick on Murray with the expectation that he would join the organization in the summer. Instead, Murray spurned the A’s for the NFL and that experience is apparently fresh on the mind with baseball teams.
“A lot of advisors said that the Kyler Murray situation did do some damage to the two-sport athlete,” Hampton Sr. said. “But from day one, I’d never change anything. He’s good in football, he’s good in baseball, he has excelled in both and the proof is in the pudding. I would never do anything different that what he did.”
Hampton signed with LSU on National Signing Day and was ranked as a top 150 prospect and the No. 14 cornerback in the nation for the 2019 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings. The Tigers also signed the nation’s No. 1 cornerback in the 2019 cycle by adding Derek Stingley.
To get an idea of what the two-sport star could bring to Dave Aranda’s defense, check out Hampton’s senior season highlight reel with Memphis University School: