Incoming South Carolina defensive back Victor Hampton has been removed from Darlington High School but will be allowed to earn his diploma at an alternative school in the Darlington County school district, a source close to the situation said Friday.
Hampton, who was arrested last week after taking liquor to school, learned at a disciplinary hearing Thursday that he has been reassigned to Darlington County Intervention School, his fifth school in the past four years.
Hampton can finish his degree requirements at the alternative school. That would keep Hampton on track to enroll at USC this summer, although he lacks the necessary test score to qualify.
Attempts to reach Hampton through Cheveron Scott, the Darlington attorney with whom he lives, were unsuccessful.
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An official at Darlington municipal court said Hampton has requested a jury trial on the underage drinking charge, a misdemeanor that usually carries a fine and loss of driver's license for first-time offenders.
Hampton, 17, was arrested two days after signing with the Gamecocks after Darlington High principal Pearl Jeffords received a tip that Hampton brought alcohol to school. Officials found a plastic water bottle containing brandy and Pepsi in Hampton's book bag, and later discovered a brandy bottle in the boys' restroom.
Hampton, rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, has at least one prior arrest - a disorderly conduct charge from 2008 that he said was dismissed. He originally committed to Florida before the Gators cooled on him after Hampton left Charlotte's Independence High following a number of disciplinary issues.
USC assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said coaches hope Hampton learns from his most recent incident.
"He just did something stupid. ... It wasn't criminal," Johnson said. "But it was dumb and he knows it. We hope he'll learn from it and we can move on."