Helicopter Brings Nick Saban to Meridian High School

By: Lindsey Hall and Louis Montesi, III
By: Lindsey Hall and Louis Montesi, III

Alabama Head Football coach Nick Saban traveled to Meridian High School Wednesday morning via helicopter to meet with Wildcat safety C.J. Hampton.

The four-time National Champion could not comment on which player or players he met with, but spoke about recovering from Saturday's last second loss to then-4th-ranked Auburn.

"We had our opportunity and probably the opportunity that the team created for itself but just wasn't able to finish the season like we'd like," said Saban.

"Now is the important time for us to try and go out and get some of the best players in the country to come to the University of Alabama," said Saban. "Our goal is to help guys be more successful in life in having been involved in our program and do a great job with them academically and athletically so that they can develop careers on and off the field. So there's obviously some good players around here, so that's why we're here."

In October, Hampton became the first Meridian High School player to be invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He's been committed to Ole Miss for over a year, but is open to looking other schools.

Hampton told Newscenter 11 in August he keeps in frequent contact with Rebel Head Coach Hugh Freeze.


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