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Family atmosphere at KU leads to Hampton pledge

Kansas wide receiver commit Quan Hampton details his visit to Lawrence and reasons for his commitment to the Jayhawks.

The family atmosphere on his official visit to Kansas put the Jayhawks over the top for new wide receiver commit Quan Hampton. And the trip to Phog Allen Fieldhouse certainly didn’t hurt.

“It was crazy. When I first got down there, I got to meet the coaches and players — it was more than I expected,” Hampton said. “I felt like I was a part of the family, before I was a part of the family. That meant a lot to me.

“It was crazy how nice everything is. We went to the basketball game. It felt like you were playing while you were watching it.”

Hampton said a lot of his friends were jealous of his Kansas basketball experience.

“I can’t even explain it in words. I’ve never been anywhere like that before,” he said. “I put a video from there on my SnapChat, and some people commented that it’s their dream to watch a game there. I got that opportunity. It’s crazy.”

As the visit to Lawrence progressed, he found the relationships being built with current players to be refreshing.

“After the basketball game, I hung out with the players and had a good time. They let me know what it’s really like there. They told me to not let other schools fool me,” Hampton said. “They told me how the coaches really are. I didn’t go out of my way to ask them. They told me straight up. I felt like they were honest with me about a lot of stuff.”

Hampton believes the KU coaching staff has the program headed in the right direction.

“I got to know coach (David) Beaty and coach (Garrett) Riley really well. I felt like we connected more than I expected,” he said.  “I believe they are recruiting the right guys. One of the players told me they’ve gotten rid of most of the guys they didn’t want anymore, and most of the guys left want it more. That’s important. They say coach Beaty is doing a good job of turning the program around.”

Hampton was originally committed to Texas State.

“Kansas got in the picture toward the middle of December. They’ve only been in the picture since December, but they’ve come to see me three times,” he said. “They told me they hope I can come in and compete and make plays. They expect a lot out of me, but I think I can live up to it.”

Hampton will likely be an option at slot receiver, but was an All-State selection in punt returning the last two seasons at Texas (Texarkana, Texas) High School.

“My vertical helps get me over the defender. I can outjump a lot of people. I also know how to separate from the defender,” he said. “Once the ball is thrown, I know where it going to go. I have good ball vision.”

Hampton said the visit vibes were off the charts positive.

“Before we all knew each other, we all knew that those were the type of people we wanted to be around,” he said. “That’s what led to us all committing.”

“That locker room, and the way the coaches treated not me, but the way they treated my family,” Hampton said about the most important reasons for his commitment. “That meant a lot to me too.”

Both his mother and father made the trip with him to Lawrence.  

“They loved it. They didn’t want to leave, especially my dad.,” Hampton said. “My dad — the coaches loved him.”

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