Hamilton seeing increased interest
After a strong performance at the Rivals Camp Series event in Columbus (Ohio), DaVon Hamilton is a wanted man. The class of 2015 defensive tackle garnered attention as one of the top defensive performers of the entire camp, especially in the one-on-one battles between offensive and defensive linemen.
Hamilton had previously impressed on the camp circuit when he was named a top-3 performer overall at the annual Best of the Midwest camp in February. The 6-foot-3, 283-pounder product of Pickerington (Ohio) Central high school has an ideal frame to continue playing inside as a defensive tackle at the next level and has a rare blend of strength, power, and length that makes him attractive to college coaches.
The central Ohio standout currently holds offers from Toledo and Ohio University, and expects more to be coming in soon.
"I feel like Boston College might be offering soon," Hamilton said. "West Virginia just came in and they seem like they were going to offer me soon too."
Hamilton has received increased interest since his impressive camp performance and has attracted interest from Ohio State and Michigan State, the latter of which he visited for their junior day in February. Davon also recently visited Ohio University on April 14th and has further plans for visits over the coming weeks.
"I'll be at Boston College within a couple of weeks and plan to visit West Virginia soon as well," Hamilton said. "I'll also be at the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus on June 1st and plan on camping at Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, and possibly a couple more."
The defensive tackle currently doesn't have any leaders but hopes to be able to narrow down his list of schools towards the latter half of his senior season of football. He plans to continue taking visits over the summer as well as all five of his official visits during the fall. Hamilton also said he will continue taking unofficial visits through the spring of 2015 if he has not made a decision at that point.
"I want to be recruited by somebody that wants me to be there. I am also looking for schools that have my major. I want to be a physical therapist as my career choice," Hamilton offered. "I want a coach that is going to develop me to be a better player and maybe even help me get to the NFL."
Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic analyst Adam Friedman had a chance to evaluate Hamilton at the Rivals Camp Series event and had a lot of positive things to say about Hamilton's performance against a talented crew of offensive linemen.
"He was very explosive off the line of scrimmage and showed that he could have success going inside and outside using rip and swim moves," Friedman said. "Hamilton also played with good leverage and had a very good motor."
Hamilton still has not narrowed down exactly what he is looking for in a school but he does know that his relationship with the coaching staff will be important. He feels that both Ohio University and Kentucky have gone a long way putting him at ease and both of those programs seem to rate very high as Hamilton sorts his way through the process.