2014 LB Prospect Has Tigers At The Top

2014 linebacker prospect Shaun Hamilton discusses his trip to Auburn and what has the Tigers at the top of his list.

Montgomery, Ala.—One of the top prospects in Alabama for 2014, linebacker Shaun Hamilton made his second trip to Auburn this spring last weekend when he was on the Plains for the A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

A 6-1, 220 middle linebacker from Carver High in Montgomery, Hamilton made the trip over along with teammates Jeremy Johnson and Jon Michael Edwards to check out the Tigers. After seeing the team in action under new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, Hamilton said he was impressed by his day.

"It went good," Hamilton said. "I really enjoyed the atmosphere and I really enjoyed talking to Coach VanGorder and Coach (Jay) Boulware.

"I could see myself playing in blue and orange," he added. "I watched Jake Holland at middle linebacker. I could see myself stepping into his footsteps after he graduates."

Playing in the middle for the Wolverines, Hamilton said he feels like he has a lot of the characteristics that are needed to be the quarterback of the defense.

"It's a tough position," Hamilton said. "It comes down to first you have to be smart. Linebackers have to be smart. You have to be aggressive. You have to be a leader."

One of the highlights for Hamilton was his time spent with VanGorder. Coming from the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, the new coach has been a big hit on the recruiting trail to this point and Hamilton said he had a good talk with him as well.

"He asked me how I liked spring and how I thought I could fit in the defense and how did I really enjoy the visit," Hamilton said. "I told him I really loved it. They are still at the top of my list. I think that I would fit in perfect at Auburn."

Being recruited by LSU, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest in addition to Auburn, Hamilton said he thinks all are close to offering with the exception of LSU. With that in mind he said at the moment there is one school that has risen to the top of his list.

"Growing up I've always been an Auburn fan," Hamilton said. "That's all I know is Auburn. It's right down the road from Montgomery. It's just a family."

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