August 1, 2012

Recruitment heating up for Hamilton

Stafford (Va.) Mountain View athlete DaeSean Hamilton has the most contact with Duke, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia, but is not favoring one above the rest.

Hamilton claims scholarship offers from Boston College, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Liberty, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Old Dominion, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and William & Mary, while Maryland, North Carolina, Stanford and Vanderbilt have shown interest.

He hopes to narrow his list of schools down in the next week and a half to two weeks, and commit to one during or after football season.

The 6-foot-1 and 182-pounder, who is rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 40 athlete and the No. 14 overall prospect in Virginia, visited Duke Friday, July 20.

"At Duke, they showed me around campus," Hamilton said. "I sat down with Coach [David] Cutcliffe. I talked with my recruiter most of the time and got a tour around the campus, all the areas where the football players hang around, the weight room [and] the stadium from him. I talked with Coach Roper some when I was there. He's my recruiter some too. I really enjoyed the school. It was a very nice campus, beautiful campus, [and] academically outstanding."

Later that same day he made the short trek from Durham to Winston-Salem to take in the sights and sounds at Wake Forest.

"I met up with Coach [Jonathan] Himebauch, sat down with Coach [Jim] Grobe," Hamilton said. "We toured around campus. We got to see where the players hang around, the stadium. We got to see weight room, the coaches, talked with the academics people, and that trip was also amazing."

Hamilton added Duke and Wake are very similar, and that he enjoyed both visits.

While on a family vacation in Illinois Friday, July 27 he made a brief jaunt to Champaign to meet the Fighting Illini.

"We ended up meeting with Coach [Chris] Beatty," Hamilton said. "Coach Beatty showed us around campus. We met up with the wide receivers coach [Billy Gonzales]. Also, we toured around campus in-depth a little bit, and sat down with the academic instructors as well."

Hamilton wants a school he feels comfortable at, one that offers good academic opportunities, where he connects well with coaching staff, is not far away from home, and has a campus he falls in love with.

He said college coaches like that he can play offense and defense. It does not matter to Hamilton which side of the ball he plays at the college level.

"My size and my speed, I can utilize both of them on offense and defense," Hamilton said. "I use my hands very well, and I know the game pretty well."

Wake Forest is recruiting him to play wide receiver.

"They told me that they would utilize me the way they utilized Chris Givens and how they're going to use Michael Campanaro this year," Hamilton said.

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