For now, De'Quan Hampton's recruiting focus is narrow. There aren't multiple visits on his mind and he certainly hasn't started to think about a decision date. Instead, he's dialed in on earning one, specific scholarship offer.
Everything else will have to wait. He's content to let things shake out down the road. These days, though, the 6-foot-4 junior college wide receiver is all about USC.
"I'm not taking any visits this summer. I'm going to wait. So far, right now, I'm really being watched by USC," Hampton said. "I'm going to be attending their camp for JC players on June 14. I'm just going through the process to try to get this offer. Well, not try. I'm gonna get this offer. I have that confidence."
A standout at Long Beach (Calif.) Community College, Hampton has lived in California for the entirety of his life. It's not that he's a fan of the Trojan program. That's not the case at all. It's just that, for whatever, the local school holds a place in his heart.
"I'm not a fan because I wasn't really into watching sports growing up," Hampton said. "I was more always outside. I wasn't on the TV, so I wasn't a fan of anyone. It's a big offer for me. I believe that, once I get this, more offers will come. This is one that I have to pull in, though. I have confidence that I'm gonna get it."
According to Hampton, Utah, Utah State and Colorado are also heavily involved in his recruitment, though, he's yet to land an offer from any of three. His offer list currently stands at five. Hampton says that, of the five, Illinois is recruiting him the hardest so far but is still in the process of learning about the program,
Relatioships are key for Hampton, who is attempting to choose a school based on trust in the staff for which he'll play. In recruiting, separating lip service from truth is tricky, but it's a task Hampton is intent on tackling.
"I don't want to go to a school that just wants me," Hampton said. "I want to go to a school where I'm needed. I want to know I won't have to face the politics of stuff. I want them to play me. You know how the politics can go."