Washington State facing competition for verbal pledge Ty Hampton?

WHEN NATIONAL SIGNING DAY comes around in February, Washington State fans will be eyeing the fax machine to see the National Letter of Intent from Ty Hampton come in. However, there’s some competition leading up to that day. On Tuesday, the standout 3-star wide receiver prospect told Cougfan.com that he’s locked in with the Cougars, but …

He’s planning on taking some visits elsewhere.

Hampton verbally committed to Washington State over the summer, picking the Cougs over offers from Utah, Kansas, SMU, West Virginia, Mississippi State and others. And two of those programs will be hosting Hampton this fall. 

“I’m going to be taking officials to Utah and West Virginia,” Hampton said. “I’ll be going to Utah on Sept. 23 and then I’m going to try and schedule my visit to West Virginia for during my bye week.”

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Hampton is planning on taking his official visit to WSU in December. The 6-2, 195-pounder added that he remains strongly committed to the Cougars.

The question begs, though, why take additional visits?

“I’m going on these trips to reaffirm I made the right decision,” he said. “I want to see how the other programs runs their offense and how the coaches act in person toward their players. I’m still solid with Washington State and am looking forward to playing in the offense.”

Hampton added that he spoke with defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and head man Mike Leach about a week ago.

“Coach Leach told me how excited he is to have on campus and that he’s ready for me to make an impact,” Hampton said. “They’ve told me that I can possibly play as a freshman. I just need to work hard and I could see the field. I just need to put the work in.”

• Elsewhere recruiting, WSU is in the top six for three-star cornerback Jeffrey Manning. The Los Angeles product announced his top six of WSU, Cal, Utah, USC, Oregon State and San Diego State.

According to Scout.com’s Greg Biggins, Manning has already scheduled his official visit to Pullman for the first weekend in December. The 6-1, 190-pounder committed to UCLA over the summer, but decommitted soon after.

Manning is ranked the No. 50 CB in the nation by Scout.com.

• In case you missed it over the weekend, WSU extended a scholarship offer to three-star New Jersey linebacker Louis Acceus. The 6-1, 210-pounder holds nearly 20 offers and was a tackling machine for St. Joseph (Mont.) last season, recording more than 100 tackles. 

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