Trojans pick up commitment No. 9

USC picked up its ninth commitment in the 2015 recruiting class on Sunday when Long Beach (Calif.) City College receiver De'Quan Hampton pledged to the Trojans...

USC picked up its ninth commitment in its 2015 recruiting class Sunday afternoon when Long Beach (Calif.) City College receiver De'Quan Hampton pledged to the Trojans.

"I am really excited," Hampton told Scout on the telephone. "I feel like it is the right thing.

"I feel like I can go to USC and turn it out like I know I can, like I did at Long Beach, nothing different. "

Hampton was on USC's campus Saturday to spend time with the Trojans staff. He participated in the Trojans Junior College Camp last weekend.

He says it was his camp performance coupled with his game film that enticed USC to extend an offer. "They've seen my film, they asked me to come to school to make sure I passed the eye test, and they came to two of my practices this spring," he said.

The big receiver, 6-foot-4 218-pounds, has built a strong bond with receivers coach Tee Martin during his recruitment. Hampton says Martin feels like a family member.

"[Our relationship] is real good," Hampton said. "He is somebody who I can really warm up to. I feel comfortable around him. He's like a brother or a dad."

Hampton tells Scout he didn't necessarily grow up dreaming of playing USC football. In fact, he says he didn't even really watch sports growing up.

"My dad forced me to play," Hampton explained. "I was just a little kid who played games all day and I didn't want to do anything else."

He didn't begin to realize he could be a special player until he started standing out the junior college level.

"I realized [my ability] when I came out of high school and greyshirted in college," he said. "I was going against the first defense everyday, then got to the point where I was scoring touchdowns everyday against them."

Though it wasn't necessarily childhood dreams of Cardinal and Gold, he is certainly familiar with USC, growing up in the shadows of campus. "My god-mom lives down the street," he said.

Now, he'll attend school close to home, which "means a lot" to him, seeing as he will continue to have all the family support he needs.

Hampton says he will have two years of eligibility plus a redshirt season remaining when he arrives on campus. It is still in the air whether or not he will enroll midyear, but says it's certainly a possibility that he'd like to see come to fruition.

Hampton is a Scout three-star recruit.

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