2014 LB Shaun Hamilton Keys Carver Defense

2014 linebacker prospect Shaun Hamilton talks about Carver's win over Auburn last Friday.

Montgomery, Ala.—It was billed as The Battle of Auburn Commitments last Friday night at Duck Samford Stadium when Carver-Montgomery steamrolled Auburn High 46-20 in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. While both Jeremy Johnson and Reuben Foster got plenty of air time in the contest, one of the most dominant performances came from junior linebacker Shaun Hamilton.

While Johnson and the offense got much of the credit, and rightfully so, for a 32-6 halftime lead, it was the Wolverines' defense led by Hamilton that kept frustrating Auburn High and Texas A&M commitment Cameron Echols-Luper time and time again. Getting stop after stop while his offense was rolling, Hamilton said when you play on a team like he does that's all he needs to do.

"When you have a great quarterback like Jeremy and some great receivers and a great offense, that's all we have to do is get stops and they're going to put points on the board," Hamilton said. "I watched a lot of film from their past games and I knew their offense like I know my own mother. I was ready and I made sure my defense was ready."

That paid off in a big way as Carver led 32-0 before an Auburn touchdown with 3.9 seconds left in the first half finally put them on the board. The Tigers made a run in the second half and cut the lead down to 19 and had the football, but a key fourth down stop by Carver's defense shut the door on the potential comeback. Riding the wave of emotion that comes from beating a top team on national TV, Hamilton said it's hard to get a much better feeling than that.

"It's awesome," Hamilton said. "There is nothing better. It's a lifetime experience for anybody to play on ESPN. I really was pumped up for the game. I just thank God because not too many people have this experience."

Making the game even bigger to players on both sides was the relationships that have been built over the years in recruiting. With Echols-Luper and 2014 Auburn prospect Blaise Taylor always around the Auburn athletic complex along with Foster, Hamilton and Johnson have both spent a lot of time getting to know them away from the field.

That has included seeing them at Auburn's games against both Clemson and ULM this season. Looking heavily at both sets of Tigers at the moment and with offers from a dozen schools, Hamilton said it was just a special day for Carver.

"We had circled this game ever since Reuben transferred," Hamilton said. "I really wanted it. I like playing against the best and I'm glad we were able to play them. They have some real good players and D1 talent so I was glad I had the opportunity to play against them and show my skills.

"Since the ULM game and the Clemson game we have been yapping at each other talking about Oct. 5 when we played each other," Hamilton added. "Even though we really wanted to beat them, after the game we're still boys. Reuben is a great guy and hilarious. I always look forward to hanging out with him."

Carver (5-1) will face Lee-Montgomery (1-5) Thursday night at Cramton Bowl.

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