Compton Webster

(Class of 1996)

Compton M Webster, son of Compton Sr. and Murice Webster, born May 17, 1979, in Guyana, South America, is a 1998 NCAA Division 1-AA Football Champion.  Compton immigrated to the United States in May 1986 and resided I Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y. After being accepted into Brooklyn Technical High School, it was by chance that he chose to play football.  He was discovered by junior varsity coach David Mercado, who encouraged him to try out for the team.  Compton excelled in his first season under the mentorship of Coach Malcom Davis and was promoted to varsity where he earned a starting position as a sophomore. His mentoring continued under Defensive Coordinator Jerome Brown. After a fast start, Compton’s sophomore season was cut short due to injury.

As a Junior, he was elected captain and had the opportunity to attend Penn State’s football camp.  During the camp, he was able to compete, gain recognition, and valuable experience against some of the nation’s top players.  He finished his junior season as a Co-Brooklyn Borough Champion.  After a successful junior campaign, Head Coach Jim DiBenedetto and Defensive Coordinator Jerome Brown, made it abundantly clear to Compton that he had the talent to play at the next level and the decision was made to move him from defensive tackle to middle linebacker. After not being able to see a clear path to college, earning a football scholarship became his main priority.

The following season, he served as team co-captain for the Brooklyn Big 44 All Star Game, which recognizes the top high school seniors in the Brooklyn area.  These achievements were accomplished in spite of him missing nearly half his senior season due to injuries. As a result of hid injuries, colleges began to shy away from him, except for the University of Massachusetts.  Despite the circumstances, Coach Ben Albert of UMASS continued the recruitment process and Compton eventually accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While at UMASS, Compton immediately contributed as a true freshman, mainly to special teams. He suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee, which caused him to mis a significant portion of his freshman season.

Unlike his previous injuries, he would never fully recover from this one. It plagued him for the rest of his playing career, but it did not stop him from competing. As a sophomore, he was instrumental in defeating #5 ranked Hofstra University, en-route to winning the 1998 NCAA Division 1-AA Football Championship.  As a junior, he made it to the quarterfinals of the playoffs and recorded a team high 11 tackles off the bench against the team that would eventually win the 1999 national championship. Prior to his senior season, he reasoned with Defensive Coordinator Don Brown, that he had earned the opportunity for more playing time. Don Brown agreed, and Compton transitioned from linebacker, back to defensive tackle. After a winning 8-3 senior season, Compton earned the Defensive MVP award for the last game of the season.  He was also recognized as the most improved defensive player and received the team’s highest GPA award. He is also immortalized in UMASS Football’s record book for the most fumbles forced in a season.  However, the most significant accolade he received was from his former college defensive coordinator, Don Brown. Don Brown acknowledged he wished he had the opportunity to coach Compton for one more season.

In 2022, Compton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice.  The same year, Compton became a correctional officer at the Hampshire County House of Corrections, Northampton, MA. As a correctional officer, he graduated from the academy as a squad leader, served as a sergeant, and was in line for a lieutenant position before relocating.  He served on the Disciplinary board, trained numerous officers, and managed the Sheriff’s college internship program.  He also worked alongside treatment staff to facilitate rehabilitation and re-entry programs. After almost 7 years of corrections, he left to find a more family-friendly occupation.  He eventually began a career in sales and is currently a software sales consultant based in the Carolinas.