Romeo Pellum, who started all 12 games a year ago for Washington State as a true sophomore, will enroll at Hampton and begin practicing with the team next week.
"I decided that I will be playing at Hampton," said Pellum. "I didn't want to sit out a year and wanted to be able to play so I'm going to a I-AA (now FBS) school."
Hampton began their practices this week and Pellum arrives this weekend and will begin practicing with the Pirates on Monday.
"They want me to come in and compete for the starting job at cornerback," said Pellum. "I'll also return some punts too."
Pellum will be in line to replace another California native who transferred to Hampton from the Pac-10, Jackie Bates, who prepped at Concord De La Salle and then played at Oregon.
"Jackie is in the NFL now and Hampton has had a lot of guys gets drafted. My aunt had a friend who lived in Virginia and he started calling some schools and Hampton said they wanted to give me a second chance," said Pellum.
Pellum left the Washington State program after experiencing some off-the-field issues, but said he has no ill will towards the Cougars and the program.
"I wish Washington State the best and hope they turn the program around," said Pellum.
Pellum will be one of five California natives on the roster when he enrolls next week.