Bluechipper Has Lengthy Visit to Auburn

This football recruiting report features comments from one of the state's class of 2014 top prospects with video highlights from last season.

Montgomery, Ala.--Big Cat Weekend visitor Shaun Hamilton was back in Auburn on Wednesday for a long visit that went into the evening and the bluechip prospect from Montgomery said the trip will "wrap up" his summer recruiting visits.

Stating that Auburn and Clemson continue to be his favorites, the 6-1, 224-pound linebacker noted that his attention will be now focused on his upcoming junior season at Carver High.

He and his teammates will be in Hoover on Thursday for a seven-on-seven competition. Hamilton said he hopes that it is the start of a special season for the Wolverines, who feature Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson as their star quarterback.

Commenting on where Auburn stands in his recruitment, Hamilton said, "They are sitting real good. They have a nice spot. I am liking them a lot."

In addition to growing up an Auburn fan, the linebacker said he likes the fact that the Tigers are loading their 2013 recruiting class with star defensive linemen, which he noted is a very good thing for a linebacker.

"I am really liking that a lot and Coach (Brian) VanGorder, who came from the NFL," he said of Auburn's defensive coordinator. "He knows what it takes to get to the NFL."

Hamilton made the trip to Auburn with his father, who he said is also high on the Tigers. "My mother likes Auburn, too," he pointed out.

"We talked to Coach VanGorder for about an hour or an hour and half," the linebacker said when asked about his Wednesday visit. He also spent a good bit of time with AU linebacker coach Tommy Thigpen.

"We talked to (Coach Gene Chizik) for about an hour," he said of his meeting with Auburn's head coach.

"He was telling me that he really wants me and he told me if he got my commitment I would draw a lot of attention and a lot more players in my class would really be interested and jump on the bandwagon."

Hamilton is friends with two of the class of 2014's top in-state prospects, Tre Williams, an outside linebacker St. Paul's in Mobile, and safety Ronnie  Clark of Calera. "I always talk to him a lot," he said of Clark, noting he believes there is a solid chance the two could play together in college. All three are players who have early scholarship offers from the Tigers.

Hamilton, who said he hopes to be ready make a decision on his college choice after his junior season, noted that whichever college he chooses he plans to help recruit. Having Clark and Williams join him would be exciting, he pointed out.

The linebacker, who has made multiple trips to the Auburn campus this year, said he plans to return for the Tigers' first home game on Sept. 15th vs. ULM.

Hamilton, who will play middle linebacker for Carver this year, said that Auburn's recent commitment from the nation's No. 1 ranked middle linebacker prospect for the 2013 class, Reuben Foster from Auburn High, has not made it less likely that he will choose the Tigers. He said that VanGorder told him that the Auburn coaches see Hamilton as a prospect good enough to compete for a starting spot at any of the three linebacker positions.

Playing middle linebacker usually means a leadership role. That is what Hamilton said he is trying to do as his team prepares for the 2012 season.

"The coaches are really depending on Jeremy and I stepping out and leading the team--Jeremy on offense and me on defense," Hamilton said.

"Our goal is to get to Auburn for the (Class 6A) state championship game," Hamilton pointed out. "We are good friends. We have been playing ball together since I was in kindergarten and he was in first grade.

"Our dads are good friends and we are also best friends," Hamilton added.

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