You can add Hampton, a 6-2, 195-pounder, to the commitment list for the Cougars.
“It’s Washington State,” Hampton told Cougfan.com. “I built a strong relationship with the staff and I think I can do great things in their offense. They throw the ball a ton and for a receiver, the system lets you showcase your talents."
The Lone Star State product, who announced his decision Friday on NewsChannel 9 El Paso, will also be an early enrollee at WSU. Hampton is set to arrive to Pullman in January to begin his college career. This will allow him to participate in WSU’s 2017 spring session.
Hampton, who held 19 offers, trimmed his list down to six -- WSU, Utah, West Virginia, SMU, Mississippi State and UTSA earlier this week -- but told CF.C he narrowed things down even more leading up to his announcement.
“The top schools I was considering late were Washington State, Utah and SMU,” Hampton said. “Those were the schools that stood out to me. In the end, the coaches at WSU made the difference. It was my relationship with them and of course that Air Raid offense that made me want to play for them.
“Academics is big for me as well and Washington State has a strong graduation rate. For my major (health administration), the classes are small and focused too. Utah had my major as well, but WSU had the better feel.”
WSU assistant Alex Grinch ran the point early on Hampton with outside receivers coach Dave Nichol then jumping in. Both were very involved in his recruitment and Leach, who had 10 winning seasons at Texas Tech (five fours from El Paso), made a major impact on Hampton’s folks as well in a phone conversation. which made the decision that much easier for the newest WSU commit.
“When Coach Leach was talking with my parents, particularly about the academics, it was something you don’t get with other coaches,” Hampton said. “We were talking about graduation rates and my parents had a lot of questions for him. I remember one night we were talking and Coach Leach said he’d send over some information for us.
“With other coaches, it might take a few days or even a week for that to get to us. That night, though, my dad got an e-mail from Coach Leach about five minutes after they hung up the phone with graduation rates, financial aid information and more info about my program. He’s so friendly as well. He’s always willing to speak to my dad.”
In addition to the academics, you better believe Hampton is looking forward to suiting up in front of the Cougar faithful at Martin Stadium. He hasn’t taken a visit to WSU yet, but that will change sometime this September when he takes an official trip (date to be finalized).
“I’ve always liked WSU,” Hampton said. “I never imagined going so far away to school, but this is all exciting right now. Another thing that made me want to commit was the small town. Small towns bring in big crowds for football games. Every game will be sold out. It’s like being in the heart of Texas. Here, regardless of what’s going on, games are going to be packed. I can’t wait.”
WSU 2017 recruiting class