2017 El Paso (Texas) El Dorado athlete Tyquez Hampton began hearing from SMU about a month ago, and he picked up an offer from the school last week when SMU defensive assistant Keith Gunn came to his school. Even though he has talked with SMU frequently, Hampton was a little surprised by the offer.
“Coach Gunn wanted coach Morris to know first before he made any moves, but he just gave it to me,” Hampton said. “He was watching my basketball practice and [afterward], he asked if I’d like to be a part of the Mustangs [and offered me].”
Hampton said he’s also talked with wide receivers coach Justin Stepp, offensive coordinator Joe Craddock in addition to Gunn, who is responsible for most of SMU’s recruiting in West Texas.
“I talk to coach Gunn every day for about the past month now,” Hampton said.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hampton said he has visited SMU for an academic tour, but not for a football visit. He plans to change than soon.
“Coach Gunn told me about the junior day (in the spring), and I told my parents about it and I’d like to [go there for it],” Hampton said. “If we don’t get down there for that, there’s a combine that I’m going to in Dallas, so that will give the coaches a chance to see me in action.”
SMU is recruiting Hampton as a wide receiver, but he also plays safety and running back for El Dorado.
“Wherever the coaches wanted me at and wherever I was needed to help the team win, that’s where I played,” Hampton said. “But I see myself going farther as a receiver.”
UTEP is Hampton’s only other offer, but he said Kansas and Texas Tech have been talking to him a lot recently. Texas Tech was supposed to come to his school last week, but could not after former running backs coach Mike Jinks was named the head coach at Bowling Green.
He said Kansas and SMU are recruiting him the hardest, but he does not have a favorite, especially since he hasn’t taken many visits and experienced the football side of most of the schools.
“I’m just looking for a school that’s academically inclined is what I’m really looking at right now, but I don’t really have a favorite as of now,” Hampton.