High School Sports

Airport pair signs

Airport High linebackers Rashad Hampton and Michael Matthews signed National letters of intent Wednesday.

Hampton, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, signed with S.C. State. He said he chose the Bulldogs over Newberry College. Matthews, 6-2, 215, signed with Newberry College.

Hampton, the 2007 Midlands All-Area Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year, recorded a team-high 132 tackles last season to become Airport High's all-time leader. He also had 17 tackles for loss and five sacks.

"I felt like S.C. State suited me," Hampton said. "My family wanted me to go to State. I think that the players there play with the same mentality I play with."

The decision to sign with the Bulldogs wasn't an easy one though. Hampton said he thought about it Tuesday night.

"I was going back and forth," he said. "I was wondering if I should go to State or Newberry."

It wasn't that difficult of a decision for Matthews.

"They've got a pretty good team and I'm excited about going there," he said.

Matthews was a three-year starter for the Eagles and recorded 89 tackles and two interceptions last season.