After seeing two of his three seasons at Iowa ended prematurely due to torn ACLs in both knees, Jewel Hampton decided to take his leave of the Hawkeyes and transfer to Southern Illinois.
After one solid season with the Salukis, the running back has decided to take his game to the next level.
By way of Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Rob Rang of CBSSports.com reports that a release from St. Vincent Sports Performance, a group that helps train prospective draftees for the NFL combine, included Hampton’s name among a list of players it will aid in prepping for the combine next month.
In 2011, Hampton rushed for more than 1,121 yards and led the Missouri Valley Conference with 17 touchdowns. For his efforts, Hampton was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
As a redshirt junior, Hampton had one year of eligibility remaining had he chose to use it.
In addition to Hampton, the St. Vincent group listed Cliff Harris as a player that will be working with them, confirming speculation that the former Oregon cornerback is headed to the NFL after an abbreviated true junior season in 2011.