Hamilton discusses commitment

Arizona received a commitment from Coffeyville CC defensive end Timmy Hamilton on Sunday night. Read on to find out about his commitment, who his lead recruiter was, and more.

Nearly 48-hours after winning the Pac-12 South Championship, Arizona picked up one of its top targets remaining on the board for the 2015 recruiting class.

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College defensive end Timmy Hamilton announced Sunday that he would be playing the remainder of his college career at the University of Arizona.

One of the factors that got him to finalize his decision was the Wildcats' win over the rival Sun Devils for the Territorial Cup.

"I was actually thinking about committing to Arizona for a while now," Hamilton said. "The win on Friday just put them over the top for me and sealed the deal.

"I saw the whole game. It was a really big game and I had confidence in them going in. I was hoping that they beat them worse than what it was, but it was a pretty big win."

Hamilton's decision was a big one, although he had a pretty good idea for a while. One of the things he had to look at before committing was how he was going to be utilized.

"I wanted to check out the defensive scheme and how I would fit in with them," he said. "I think I fit in perfectly and that's why I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

"They want me to play as a defensive end and get after the passer, to really get in there and force pressure."

Throughout his recruitment, the defensive end has been in constant contact with Special Teams Coach Charlie Ragle. A bond grew between them and they were having phone calls every few days.

"Coach Ragle has been the lead guy on me the whole time," Hamilton said. "We have a pretty close relationship. We talk as much as possible. I call him pretty much every other day just to keep in touch.

"I love the coaches. They take pride in what they do. It's a big family and they all love each other down there."

Arizona is in a different position now than it was predicted at the start of the season. Seeing how the team improved and grew over the course of the year helped Hamilton with his decision.

"Their success and seeing them rise really helped them out," he said. "When they first offered me, I knew that it was a place that was on the rise and a place that I could definitely see myself going and helping to build a program.

"Before the season they weren't expected to be where they are now and that really helped in many ways. I fell in love with the place and as the season went on, I saw how everything was developing right in front of me. I fell in love with it more."

Without the coaches none of the success would be possible, which is why Hamilton made sure that he was going to have the same staff during his time at Arizona.

"Coach Rod stands out the most to me about Arizona," Hamilton said. "Knowing that the coaching staff would be there was a big thing for me."

Hamilton will graduate in May, arriving in Tucson over the summer. He will have three years to play two.

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