21 in 21: DB Saquan Hampton

The 21 in 21 series is designed to introduce fans to the newcomers arriving at Rutgers this summer. In a once a day format, ScarletReport.com presents profiles of the class of 2014. Today, we look at Hamilton (N.J.) Nottingham defensive back Saquan Hampton.

Being a Jersey guy means something to Hamilton (N.J.) Nottingham defensive back Saquan Hampton. He was the fifth permanent member of the 2014 Rutgers recruiting class, and fourth from New Jersey.

Hampton committed on the spot during a spring visit, and never looked back despite seeing others in his class explore options outside of the state.

"It's special for me," Hampton said. "It's the best situation I could ask for. I know my family can come up and watch me whenever, and I'm going to have a lot of support. … Don't buy into the hype of having to get out of your home state. Rutgers is a great college. There's a lot of talent there going to the NFL. We have one of the best coaching staffs in the nation."

Hampton checks in at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. He projects as a safety, but is unclear on his beginning position at Rutgers.

Head coach Kyle Flood said in past interviews that he likes to try all defensive backs at corner before moving them elsewhere.

"I haven't heard anything specific," Hampton said. "I guess I'll find out just when I get there. I think I'll be comfortable wherever they put me. … It's definitely exciting to play in the Rutgers secondary. They do a good job up there, and I'm looking forward to working with them."

Hampton spent his spring hard at work in the weight room, and focused on finishing his academic requirements.

Thanks to a snowy winter in the state, Hampton's graduation ceremony will not take place until after he enrolls at Rutgers.

"I think I'm ready," Hampton said. "I've been preparing myself for some time now. Once I get there, I'll be doing everything the coaches say and asking tons of questions. I think I'll be fine. … I've spoken with the special teams coach, coach [Bob] Fraser about what to expect when I get there. I'm going to go in, ask a lot of questions and just work hard."

Hampton is eager to join the program and work with defensive coordinator Joe Rossi. Rossi was his personal recruiter before receiving a promotion from Flood in the offseason.

"It was big for me because he was the main guy that recruited me," Hampton said on a new defensive coordinator. "I've heard all good things about how spring practice was going, and I'm looking forward to working with him."


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