LONG BEACH, Calif — De’Quan Hampton upstaged Riverside City College wide receiver Isaac Whitney head-to-head Saturday night, although Long Beach City College fell 21-27 in a battle of the state’s top two junior college teams.
While Hampton was competing against Whitney Saturday, he may be playing
along side him during future Saturdays at USC.
Hampton committed to USC in June, and when the Trojans coaching staff
offered Whitney a scholarship last week, De’Quan was well aware.
“I know why they recruited him,” said Hampton. “They almost have all
freshmen at receiver right now, so they’re planning to have two guys
come in that can play right away as upperclassmen.
“They thought I was enough, but if I come in and go crazy, I’ll end up
getting double covered. So talking with Tee Martin, they felt they
needed somebody else. That’s why he received the offer.
“Plus, I know Isaac and he’s a real good dude. I met him at one of the
practices USC had at the Coliseum. We chatted it up and he’s a real
“We talked about things after the game too, and when we get to USC,
it’s time to tune in. We’ll live in the same apartments, be real close
and get it done.”
According to Hampton, the expectation is for USC junior wide out Nelson Agholor to enter the NFL Draft next January. That will put the onus on
Hampton to be ready come May when he graduates from Long Beach City
And at this point in the recruiting process, USC is all Hampton wants
to think about.
“I’m over visits,” laughed Hampton. “I’m cool. I really don’t care
about that stuff anymore. I’m just chillin’ and focused on my season
and getting up to USC.”
Hampton, like so many other USC targets, sees plenty of potential with
the program despite a very up and down season on the field.
“They really could be 7-1 right now,” said Hampton. “I heard about what
happened in the Utah game — they really should have won that. I heard
the refs e-mailed the school apologizing for some bad calls.
“There were some big plays that went against them, like when Adoree
(Jackson) stripped the ball and went for a touchdown. If he scores,
For Hampton, USC has one major advantage over any other school trying
sway his commitment.
“Man, USC just feels like home,” said Hampton. “It’s in California and
I’ve been in California my whole life.
“It’s close and I feel comfortable. There’s nothing unexpected here
because I’m here in my surroundings. I don’t have to adjust or worrying
about anything, really.”
Hampton and Whitney teaming up?
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