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