After months of quiet on the recruiting front, Utah football finally heard some good news on Monday morning, as El Dorado (El Paso, TX) wide receiver Tyquez Hampton flipped his commitment from Washington State to the Utes. UteZone takes a closer look at Hampton’s commitment and what it means for the 2017 recruiting class.
Hampton fits the profile of the kind of big, physical receiver that Utah likes to play on the outside. He’s not a burner in the traditional sense - his personal best in the 100 is 11.18 seconds - but on film Hampton shows that he’s fast enough to do damage to opposing secondaries. He has good football speed to boot, which means he moves well in pads.
As a receiver, Hampton is a solid route runner, and he has greatly improved this aspect of his game from his junior season. Like most receivers making the leap to major college football, Hampton will need to refine his route running skills at the next level to consistently create separation against Pac-12 defensive backs, but the fact that he has shown improvement on that front at the high school level makes it easier to project that he has yet to play his best football. He also catches the ball with his hands extended from his body and is adept at high pointing the football on jump balls.
Hampton’s best asset is his strength and toughness. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and come down with the tough ball. He doesn’t shy away from contact on screens and is fond of challenging defenders while muscling his way through arm tackles. That strength will serve him well in the Pac-12.
The Holliday Factor
Guy Holliday deserves a lot of credit for selling the Utes on Hampton and convincing him to flip his commitment from Washington State. Of course, his official visit went a long way toward cementing the Utes in Hampton’s mind as the team to play for. Shortly after his visit, Hampton told UteZone that he was enamored with Salt Lake City, the program, and the gameday atmosphere, so his commitment wasn’t unexpected. Quarterback commit Jason Shelley also made an impact on Hampton’s decision. The two met during their official visits and became fast friends.
Hampton’s Impact on the Class
Hampton is the fifth commitment of Utah’s 2017 class, and is the fourth Texan to commit to the Utes this cycle. He is the second of Holliday’s Texas recruits to commit (the first being Jason Shelley). Hampton is the first wide receiver to commit to the Utes for 2017, but others should join him as the Utes are expected to sign between 2-3 receivers this year.