USC goes on JC wide receiver

USC pulls the trigger on Long Beach City College receiver De'Quan Hampton

Long Beach (Calif.) City College wide out De'Quan Hampton is a big receiver, but even at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, he wasn't big enough to participate in the USC Linemen Camp Saturday.

Still, playing in the wing-t offense out of Dominquez High School, Hampton knows what it is like to block. That maybe why USC looked beyond his receiving skills and decided to pull the trigger on Hampton during his unofficial visit this weekend.

"USC offered me today," said Hampton. "I toured the school with Coach (Tee) Martin and met the rest of the staff.

"They said they want a big receiver with strong hands. I came up for the camp they had a couple of weeks ago. They said I have the size, but I also have the speed. So today the offer came.

"It feels great to get it. I was just smiling after talking to Coach Sark and Tee Martin."

USC visited Hampton twice this spring while also evaluating his teammate Josiah Blandin. From that point on, the Trojan coaching staff has been seriously recruiting Hampton.

"Coach Martin came up and filmed me," said Hampton. "We've been talking a lot ever since then. I kind of knew an offer might come. We've been talking about it and after the camp Coach Tee was really pushing for it."

Hampton currently has scholarships from Kansas, Illinois, Colorado and UAB. Growing up a USC fan and living in the shadow of Los Angeles, the assumption is that Hampton would commit on the spot.

"I'm definitely interested in USC," said Hampton. "It's a great school with great tradition, so it's great to get that offer. But I really want to talk to my family and not rush things. I don't know much about the other programs recruiting me, so I'm still waiting.

Hampton is a full qualifier out of high school, so graduating from LBCC midyear would give him an advantage to play early with three years to play two.

"I;m taking summer school classes right now, so we'll see what happens," said Hampton. "I'm not 100-percent sure yet if I'll graduate in December or in May."

Hampton caught 50 balls for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman.

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