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
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
"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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