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WSU football recruiting: Tyquez Hampton picks Cougs over Mississippi State, Utah, WVU

Mike Leach's high-powered passing offense was the main attraction for the physical receiver from El Paso, Texas.

Tyquez Hampton
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The WSU Cougars picked up their first recruiting commitment in a month on Friday when 2017 wide receiver Tyquez Hampton, out of El Paso, Texas, announced his intention to play for Mike Leach.

Hampton, rated a composite three-star player by, said the Cougars’ explosive offense was the main attraction.

“I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the No. 1 passing offense in the country?” Hampton said after announcing his commitment to WSU live on the local news. “I just feel that would be the best fit for me in my position right now.”

Hampton also held offers from Mississippi State, Utah and West Virginia, as well as a slew of midmajors. He had been committed to SMU up until about 10 days ago.

“Me and my parents, we were talking about it for a while,” Hampton told News Channel 9 in El Paso. “We all agreed that I kind of committed a little early, so we were just thinking that I should actually explore all my options rather than closing out all of the colleges that might have something better to offer than SMU could.”

Standing 6-foot-2 and already weighing 200 pounds, Hampton is a physical receiver who profiles on the outside in the Air Raid. Here’s what our Brian Anderson sees when he watches Hampton’s highlights:

Hampton didn't have a jaw-dropping stat line in his junior season, but he saw his recruitment really skyrocket over the last few months because of his performances in camps. His physical abilities are pretty front and center in his highlights; just about every reception includes him either accelerating past would-be tacklers or running through those that got close enough to try.

He has the look of a physical receiver and already is big enough to be one in the Pac-12. With all the raw athleticism, Hampton reminds me a lot of Vince Mayle's JUCO highlight reel, and Hampton probably has a little bit of a leg up on route running. Hampton is a stud that could add a real physical dynamic to the outside receiver group.

And here’s what had to say last July:

Hampton possesses a great frame for a big outside receiver. At 6-foot-2 1/2, 200 pounds, Hampton is a matchup problem for almost all defensive backs. He's long-armed and broad-shouldered and looks as if he could carry significantly more weight pretty easily without sacrificing athleticism.

Hampton is the sixth member of WSU’s 2017 recruiting class and second wide receiver, joining Californian Isaiah Hodgins.

Here are the highlights: