An exciting prospect camp took place at Howard Jones Field this past weekend, and the Trojans landed another four-star recruit to the ranks for Steve Sarkisian's loaded 2015 recruiting class. USC has all 25 scholarships back in place, and the recruiting staff is landing some of the best talent in the state of California.
While the program has landed six defensive prospects alongside five-star quarterback Ricky Town and OT Roy Hemsley, which means the Trojans were in need of weapons. Junior College WR De'Quan Hampton, who spent all of last season at Long Beach City College, chose to play for USC wide receiver coach and impressive recruiter Tee Martin over national programs Kentucky, Kansas and Illinois.
Hampton, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound WR who recently ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at USC's Junior College prospect camp, told Scout's Lindsey Thiry over the weekend that his additional year between high school and JuCo ball in Los Angeles helped him grow as a player and a person from when he first grey-shirted straight out of high school.
"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."
In just 10 games last season for the Vikings, Hampton caught 51 passes for 854 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. His best game in fact came against local rival and recent USC hotbed (i.e. Jesse Scroggins and even Steve Sarkisian himself) catching seven passes for 142 yards and two scores in his team's 35-33 loss to the Warriors.
For more perspective on what USC's pass-catching target brings to the offense, former USC corner Darrell Rideaux offers his thoughts on De'Quan Hampton's skill set with ESPN.com Beat Reporter Garry Paskewitz. Just based on the film alone, his highlight tape exemplifies great size, speed and verticality when he goes up to catch the rock.
"I think it's a tremendous pick up for USC under Coach Sark because it addresses need and attitude at that position. Over the past 3 years they have not had much attitude at that position. Meaning intimidating size to give the quarterback a sure catch when you need to move the chains...One thing I can say for sure... Sark definitely isn't resting he is aggressively making vast improvements throughout his roster."