Although suffering a upset loss against Chaffey College Saturday in a wild 40-36 game, Long Beach City College wide receiver De’Quan Hampton has a lot to be proud of.
Hampton has 44 catches for 580-yards and four scores. At 6-foot-4,
220-pounds, his reception numbers in the end zone are surprisingly low. With
plenty of opportunities to be targeted Saturday, the Vikings didn’t
look Hampton’s way in the fourth quarter.
“If I’m having a bad game or we’re not playing well as a team late,
that’s when I’m clutch,” said Hampton. “I’m always prepared for
anything, and I told my quarterback, ‘Take some shots — make it happen.’
“But at the same time, I have to just go with it. I’m going to stay
quiet and just play.”
Hampton finished the night with six reception for 70 yards and one
touchdown, so he was hardly ineffective. His size and quickness are
what ultimately led to USC offering him a scholarship in June.
“Tee Martin calls me once a week, usually before a game,” said Hampton.
“He saw my mid-season highlights and called me with a few tips.
“He said I could be more patient with my routes and I can easily break
more tackles. Our communication is good.”
With Long Beach City College also playing on Saturdays, Hampton hasn’t
had many chances to see USC play live this year.
“I did see the ASU game, and they got some luck coming out with the W,”
said Hampton. “USC just has to finish and get it done.
“I really see myself being able to go in there and be the dude. My off
season work out are going to be ridiculous and I’m going to be
prepared. I try not to think about it too much because I’m trying to
stay focused right here, right now.
“But man, when I do think about it, I can’t wait.”
Although Hampton had previously discussed graduating from Long Beach
City College in December, he will not be on campus at USC until May.
But Hampton has no doubt that USC will be where he takes his talents
“I’m committed to USC and there’s nothing changing my mind,” said
Hampton. “Other schools reach out, but they don’t have what I’m looking
“Taking trips would be nice, just to do something and have fun, but I’m
One school tempting Hampton the most with an official visit is Utah.
“It would be cool to go up there and watch the game with USC playing,”
said Hampton. “We have a bye week next week, but I’m waiting to hear
back for Coach Sarkisian about that.
“I want to make sure I have his permission before taking any visits. I
don’t want any disrespect to be taken. It’s really on USC, but I’m not
sweating it either way.”
Utah after Hampton
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