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.