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Last Updated: Mar 8th, 2018 - 10:26:24


Crossett native honored after overcoming adversity, injury
By SPECIAL TO THE OBSERVER
Mar 8, 2018, 10:24

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Crossett native Jeremy Hampton has been recognized as an Outstanding Scholar at Arkansas Baptist College (ABC).

Recruited by Offensive Lineman Coach Ashdone Bailey to play for ABC, Hampton entered college in the summer of 2016. He went with many challenges.

He had a bad knee injury and his uncle, Christopher Haynes, had been brutally murdered, a case in which they are still looking for the assailant. After the coaches were notified, they recommended to Hampton that he wait until the second session of summer or he fall to come to school. Determined to keep going, Jeremy went to summer school anyway. The president of the college at the time, O. Fitzgerald Hill, found out about his situation and — with tears in his eyes — met with Hampton, encouraged him and expressed how proud he was of him and his determination, and that he knew he would excel far beyond anyone’s expectations.

Hampton was red-shirted his first year, but his determination on the field and in the classroom has been noteworthy. As a result of his hard work, he has made the President’s List, The Dean’s List or the Honor Roll every semester. Additionally, he started for the Buffalos for the 2017 football season and had an outstanding year.

On Feb. 7, Hampton officially signed to play for the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

“I am extremely proud that Jeremy Hampton has an opportunity to further his education at the University of Arkansas-Monticello,” Bailey said. “He has been a model student for our football program on the field and in the classroom for the last two years. I recruited Jeremy and I admire him because he came off of a really bad knee injury in high school. Regardless of who told him he should leave football alone, he persevered and kept fighting for what he believed in. I know the future is very bright for him and will be cheering for him throughout this tremendous journey.”

M. Yvette Wimberly, the special assistant to the president and a Crossett native, said, “I am ‘Crossett Proud’ of him and I want to recruit more students from home and help them succeed, as well. Knowing his situation, I wanted to make sure he was holistically okay. He told me that his circumstances made him even more determined and had to do this.”

--For the complete story, see the print edition.