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JuCo WR De’Quan Hampton Commits to USC


Steve Sarkisian’s USC Trojans picked up their ninth commitment of the 2015 recruiting class on Sunday afternoon, as junior college wide receiver De’Quan Hampton committed to the cardinal and gold.

A 4-star wide receiver per Rivals, Hampton is out of Long Beach City College in Long Beach, where he greyshirted out of high school. Recruited by receivers coach Tee Martin, Hampton chose the Trojans over a trio of traditional basketball powerhouses: Kentucky, Kansas and Illinois.

Hampton told Scout’s Lindsey Thiry on Sunday that his additional year between high school and JuCo ball helped him grow as a player.

“I realized [my ability] when I came out of high school and greyshirted in college,” he said. “I was going against the first defense everyday, then got to the point where I was scoring touchdowns everyday against them.”

Hampton stands at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, making him a big, lanky and athletic receiver that the Trojans haven’t necessarily had in recent years. Darreus Rogers is the tallest scholarship receiver currently enrolled at USC, and he stands in at 6-foot-2.

According to Scout’s Gerard Martinez, Hampton has above average speed, posting a 4.56 40-yard dash time at a USC-sanctioned junior college camp earlier this month.

Outside of quarterbacks Ricky Town and David Sills, Hampton is the first offensive skill player committed to the 2015 class. Of the eight other commitments, four are linemen, two are quarterbacks, and there’s linebacker Cameron Smith and defensive back Taeon Mason.

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  • Robert Skillz

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  • Ben Factor

    Rogers isn’t all that tall by today’s standards, but he appears to have a solid frame, and is known for his strong, sure hands.

    Juju Smith isn’t a really tall WR either, and I’m not sure about his “style of play.” Do you know more about that? (Of course, it remains to be seen whether he’ll even like the depth chart and competition at WR.)

    In the limited video that I watched, it looks like LBCC threw Hampton a lot of high passes, and he went up to get them. Do you know if he has really big, strong hands, does well catching in traffic, and is unfazed by a lot of collisions/hits? For that style of WR, those qualities are pretty important.

    • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

      I’m not sure about his makeup in terms of his ability to get balls in traffic. But I don’t know if I’d put much stock in a lot of fade routes and jump balls as a barometer of whether or not he’s a physical receiver in traffic. I feel like a lot of times in high school and JuCo, coaches just try to find mismatches with size and exploit those in the red zone. In turn, those plays end up as scoring plays and wind up in highlights.

  • Centurion53

    This Trojan team is loaded on both sides of the ball, with arguably the best defensive line and most talented group of running backs in college football, though lacking some of the depth other schools have. USC should win the PAC 12 South, and barring a rash of injuries to key players should wind up in the top 10 in the polls at the end of the 2014-15 season. Fight On ‘SC!!