When SMU landed El Paso (Tex.) El Dorado wide receiver Tyquez Hampton for the 2016 class, the thought was that Hampton and Trestan Ebner would be two huge additions to Chad Morris' offense and that the receiver position was full. When Ebner decommitted, many thought SMU would work to replace Ebner to join Hampton. That doesn't appear to be the case now.
The 6-2, 197-pound Hampton will likely be the lone wide receiver commit in the 2016 class as he's an absolute beast and SMU's 2-man and 5-man positions now have some nice depth to them thanks to the first two signing classes under Morris.
At The Opening in Coppell, Texas this spring, Hampton had a coming out party when he clocked his 4.52 40-yard dash and displayed some real athleticism and versatility that has SMU's coaching staff salivating to get him on campus.
The No. 20 wide receiver in the Midlands region has picked up offers since committing to SMU and will continue to get more attention as he gets into his senior year. Plenty of Power Five programs will be knocking down the SMU's commit's door to try to land his signature in February 2017.
He's the receiver commit that SMU needs in what will be a smaller class than the first two under Morris, who needed to get a shot of talent into the program. Now, SMU has the luxury of pushing its chips to the middle of the table thinking that Hampton will be the gamebreaker it needs to add to the receiving corps.
There are other receivers SMU has offered out there, but unless something were to happen with Hampton's commitment to SMU, don't expect them to be a part of the class anytime soon. Hampton is the "bell-cow" of the class and will be very difficult to hang on to, but with the relationships SMU has built with Hampton, it might be easier than some might think.
James Proche, Kevin Thomas, Xavier Castille, Joshua Shelmire, Brandon Benson and some of the other receivers are going to be frequent contributors opposite of Hampton when he arrives on campus, which is why the staff is comfortable just focusing on Hampton.
Courtland Sutton will be a junior when Hampton arrives and Alex Honey will be a sophomore, but he'll push for playing time right away at the 9-man position thanks to his combination of size, athleticism and speed.
To wrap up this wide receiver Big Board, there's only one thing to say.
Tyquez Hampton is SMU's wide receiver Big Board. And he's going to be pretty special too.