After the workout, a Cincinnati Bengals scout took Compton upstairs in the Hawks Championship facility and had him design and break down defenses. Compton said he'd already received feedback from NFL linebacker Lavonte David that Nebraska's defenders were ahead of the game in understanding pro schemes. "The way Bo (Pelini) does things here, you're just so set up to succeed in the NFL," Compton said. "Lavonte said he was teaching guys right when he walked in (to the NFL)." Compton said he's heard he's likely a late-rounder or a preferred free agent target. - Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust, World-Herald News
He was a four-star recruit out of Missouri and chose the Huskers over offers from Notre Dame, Illinois and the nearby Missouri Tigers.
After redshirting in 2008, Compton was a part-time starter over his first two seasons (12 starts) and struggled to live up to expectations. However he had a breakout season as a junior last year, finishing second on the team in tackles (82), and really came into his own down the stretch. Compton added 6.0 tackles for loss and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors with three double-digit tackle games.
He isn't the most fluid athlete, but he flashes natural football instincts with physical hand use and accurate angles to the ballcarrier. Although he will need to pick up where he left off last season to earn a draftable grade, Compton has slowly, but surely improved as a football player and leader.