|HometownBonne Terre, MO|
|High schoolNorth County|
Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald
Compton gave his pledge to the former Husker staff before a brief flirtation with other schools -- including the homestate Tigers -- following the coaching turnover at NU. He reaffirmed his commitment to the Huskers just six days after a visit to Mizzou. Rated the third-best player in the state of Missouri -- behind top-ranked quarterback Blaine Gabbert, a former NU commit -- Compton is only one of three seniors in the state's Top 10 not to give his pledge to Mizzou.
"He's definitely a linebacker. He's got excellent agility. That's probably what's impressed people the most besides his straight-ahead speed and change of speed." -- Steve AuBuchon, North County High coach
A part of a flurry of commitments over the summer, Compton had a strong relationship with the former Husker staff -- and defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove in particular. Compton held offers from schools all over the map; from Arkansas and Vanderbilt in the SEC, to Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State in the Big Ten and at schools in between like Notre Dame, Missouri and Nebraska.
His energy and physical nature should fit in just fine with new linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Compton seemed to always be wearing red on visits to NU, something that shouldn't have been overlooked when his passion for Nebraska football won out. A Pelini-type player, Compton has all the tools to be a good one for the Huskers.
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