Kevin Hampton would rather walk the walk than talk the talk.
"I try to lead by example," he said. "I'm not the guy that's yelling at people, telling them what to do. I feel like my teammates follow me."
Hampton joined Wildwood (MO) Lafayette High varsity as a freshman. He helped the school compile a 12-1 record in 2012 as a running back and free safety.
" I think my teammates trust me," Hampton said. "I think colleges see that and like that. They talk to me as much about that as being a good downhill runner or tackler or a versatile player."
Iowa is one of the schools interested in the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Hampton.
"Iowa has been in contact with me since the spring of my sophomore year," he said. "At first, it was kind of slow but now it's picking up. After my junior season started, (Eric Johnson) started sending me written letters and I talked to him on the phone. He's real cool. He's a good guy."
Hampton will camp at Iowa on June 15.
"I feel like if I do real well that there's a possibility that I can get an offer," he said.
The Hawkeyes view Hampton as either a running back or a defensive back.
"They really have been talking about both," Hampton said. "I think they want to see me at running back first."
As a junior, Hampton rushed 74 times for 504 yards and seven touchdowns to go with 11 receptions for 64 yards and a score. On defense, he totaled 44 tackles (two for loss), three fumble recoveries, a sack and an interception.
Hampton competed at the Missouri state track meet this past weekend in the open 110-meter hurdlers and the 4x200. He reported running the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds last summer.
"Arkansas State just recently started recruiting me," Hampton said. "Illinois has been recruiting me just as long as Iowa so I'm pretty far along with them. I talk to their coach a lot.
"I'm not really that big with Kansas State but I want to go up there and show them what I can do, too."
Missouri and Illinois see Hampton as a defensive back, Iowa and Arkansas State are recruiting him as an athlete and Kansas State likes him at running back, he said.
"I'll do whatever it takes to get on the field," Hampton said. "I like both positions. It's fun to hit people and it's fun to run over people."
Hampton would like to major in architecture. He's looking into the academics at the schools showing him interest.
"I know a lot about Iowa," Hampton said. "I do a lot of research. I feel good about their program and their school is one of the tops in the nation. I like Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and everything that he does with the program."