Razorbacks add Terry Hampton, a defensive lineman and Arkansas native in portal

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Terry Hampton wanted to be an Arkansas football player when he was in high school, playing for El Dorado. It’s taken a few years and circuitous path, but the dream is about to come true.

Hampton committed to the Razorbacks on Sunday after entering the transfer portal from Arkansas State. He had offers from a number of power-conference schools, including Texas Tech, Illinois and Oregon State.

Hampton, who is 6-foot-0 and 290 pounds, played nose tackle for the Red Wolves. He was a starter in his final two seasons, but missed half of last year after a season-ending injury. His junior season, Hampton had 35 tackles, including six for-loss.

Arkansas’ defensive line now features Cameron Ball, Isaiah Nichols, Taurean Carter, Marcus Miller and Hampton among those vying for a bulk of the playing time on the inside. Hampton has one year of eligibility remaining.

Arkansas begins the season September 3 against Cincinnati.