January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Victor Hampton (27) gets pumped up against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina Gamecocks face several NFL Draft defections


South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier stated that junior cornerback Victor Hampton could decide to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft if he believes he’s ready to play professionally:

Earlier this season, Hampton was selected as the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after a season-high eight tackles, including six solo stops in the Gamecocks’ 34-16 win over Mississippi State on Saturday. He also logged three pass break ups, and forced and recovered a fumble.

Hampton, a 5-10, 202-pound junior from Darlington, is starting to gain attention in NFL circles, and he could be a Day 2 selection based on his play this year.

Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles has already stated his intentions of leaving for the NFL Draft after the season, and obviously the team will lose Jadeveon Clowney to the draft. Quarles, 6-foot-4, 298 pounds, leads the team with seven sacks and has been one of the most dominant interior lineman in college football this year. Buddy Quarles, his father,  said his son had talked with Spurrier and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward about his decision. Buddy says Spurrier told his son that he could walk with the seniors and other players leaving early at South Carolina’s final home game against Clemson on Nov. 30.

“It’s up to them,” Spurrier said of Quarels and Hampton’s decision.



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