Hampton has to be ready

Long Beach City College wide out De'Quan Hampton could make an immediate impact at USC with the absence of Nelson Agholor and George Farmer.

De’Quan Hampton saw all he needed to see from USC months ago.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Long Beach City wide receiver has taken numerous unofficial visits to USC and has grown up following the Trojans all his life.

This weekend’s official visit was simply a stamp on his recruitment.

“Really, I didn’t have any questions about academics or my role in the offense,” said Hampton. “The visit was just another opportunity to hang out with the players on the team and bond with the other recruits.

“I probably hung out with Juju Smith the most. He’s just a really cool, down to earth guy, so we got along well. To be honest, I didn’t even sit down with the coaches and really look at film or anything.

“I have a good view of how they see me making an impact. I was really just there to have fun this weekend, which I did. The visit was great.”

The highlight of Hampton’s weekend was a player hosted party at the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

“Man, Friday night the layers party was crazy,” said Hampton. “It was great because everybody was there. Man… that was the highlight of the trip.

“When we (the recruits) all got to campus, we were’t really talking like that. Some of us didn’t know each other. But after Friday, it was like we all had each other backs. We got real close.”

Missing from campus this weekend were two USC wide outs who decided to enter the NFL Draft. With Nelson Agholor and George Farmer leaving USC early, Hampton knows he has to be prepared to play next season.

“When I heard George Farmer was leaving, I just knew I really have to come in here and be ready,” said Hampton. “It hit me that everything is on me if I’m going to be playing or not. I have to be ready.”

While Utah, Oregon State and other Pac-12 schools have inquired about hosting Hampton on an official visit between now and signing day, he has no plans on doing anything other than signing with the Trojans Feb 4.

“Yeah, I’m done with trips,” said Hampton. “I’m just looking forward to enrolling in June.”


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