Hamilton happy with 'Bama official

Of the five official visitors Alabama hosted over the weekend, Shaun Hamilton was the only Crimson Tide commitment on the list. The in-state linebacker breaks down his time on campus and more inside.

After a tough Friday night, in which his Montgomery (Ala.) Carver Wolverines fell in Round 3 of the Class 6A state playoffs to rival Auburn (Ala.) High in dramatic fashion, it's safe to say Shaun Hamilton's Saturday and Sunday went a bit better.

He took his official visit to Alabama, the only one he'll take as a senior.

"When I got up there on Saturday, we watched the game, tried on some jerseys, took some pictures and went to dinner with the position coaches and hosts," he said. "On Sunday, we had breakfast at Coach [Nick] Saban's house and rode around on some of his land, on golf carts and stuff.

"I also spent some time with Coach [Kirby] Smart and the academic people."

The Crimson Tide commitment witnessed the 49-0 drubbing of UT-Chattanooga, but the 4.0 student was just as concerned with the final academic presentation he will likely receive before beginning his college career in a matter of weeks.

"I want to study sports management," Hamilton said. "They were just saying they are excited because I'm a smart young man, and that it's a great field of study. Many athletes go into that field of study."

Many high school athletes and college prospects also take visits to area schools, committed or not, and much has been made of the three-star doing so at the closest SEC school to his home.

"People have been making a big deal about me visiting Auburn for the Georgia game and all that stuff," he said. "I wanted to see a good football game, which is was. Alabama was playing on the road, also. I just went up there, it's 30 minutes away, and I just had fun."

Hamilton added that he won't take additional official visits going forward. The best part of his lone trip was simply time with one of the top coaches in America.

"Eating breakfast with Coach Saban, sitting with him and talking to him," he said. "All of us recruits were at the table with Coach Saban, all the official visitors. I had met C.J. Hampton before, but it was cool meeting new people, too.

"Me and Hampton were just talking about how it would be nice if he came to Alabama and that kind of stuff. I think it's a possibility that he may flip and come to Alabama."

Hampton, like Hamilton, is set to enroll at his school of choice in January. In his final overnight trip before being a full time student-athlete, one of the top players in Alabama got to spend quality time with good friend and the top player in the state from the 2013 cycle.

"Reuben Foster was my host," he said. "He was really good, we were just enjoying it. He told me I need to come ready to work in January."

Hamilton will sign a letter of intent to play football at Alabama in early 2014, but he signed a financial aid agreement with the program earlier this month when the Tide hosted LSU. The agreement binds the school to the prospect, but not the prospect to the school. Still, he said he won't sign any from other programs. It's all about Saban and company for the senior.

"They're ready for me to get up there and ready for me to be apart of the team," he said.

With his high school season now over, rest is in order before the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder before playing in a pair of prestigious games.

"I'm going to take a week off to give my body a rest," he said. "Then I have the Alabama-Mississippi game in two weeks and I play in the Army game after school."

Hamilton is considered the No. 22 middle linebacker prospect in America on Scout.com.


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