Wilson, Hamilton bond continues

Shaun Hamilton was the cornerstone of the Montgomery-Carver defense for the last few years, but those keys have been turned over to 2016 five-star Lyndell “Mack” Wilson with Hamilton departed for the University of Alabama. Still, the two remain in contact as reuniting at the next level remains a possibility.

One of the top juniors in the country, Lyndell Wilson has risen to become arguably the most coveted prospect in Alabama over the last six months or so.

Scout.com ranks him as its No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2016, as a five-star outside linebacker projection.

“I’m not letting anything get to my head, I can get better,” he said Friday. “I’m staying up on my grades and all, and I’m real proud of myself for being named a five-star. I’m very competitive, I have a big heart and I’m not scared of anything. I’m the type to always sell out for the little things, diving, always willing to put in extra on the field.”

The Montgomery (Ala.) Carver High standout admits that he wasn’t always thought of as a top-tier prospect, using help from a former Wolverine standout to ascend to this point.

“When he was here, Shaun Hamilton helped me. He stayed on me about the little things,” Wilson said. “Shaun taught me a lot. He used to pull aside and talk to me around anything I’m doing, take me to the classroom to watch film. He’d teach me there, and would just show me the little things on the field, like knowing what plays will be run.

“Every time we did drills, I went up against him…he just taught me a lot of things. He just taught me how to be a football player. I thank him for that, I basically say he took me under his wing and showed me everything.”

Hamilton is now a freshman linebacker at Alabama, wrapping up his first fall camp after graduating as Carver’s valedictorian. He finished early and enrolled at UA in January before participating in spring ball. Though still adjusting to college life, the former three-star linebacker still finds time to catch up with his protégé.

“I talk to Shaun almost every week, even though they’re busy up there practicing and everything,” Wilson said. “I keep my eye on him just to see how he’s doing, and they say he’s doing very well. He knows all the plays, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll get playing time this year.”

Wilson, should he choose, has the chance to join Hamilton at the next level. He was offered by Alabama in April, during a flurry of verbal offers to come in from coaches after many staffs saw him in person. Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisville and Miami did the same that month.

Still using the word “shocked” when talking about his in-state SEC extensions, no further hints are being given on the recruiting front.

“My family was very proud of me, I grew up an Alabama fan, all my family Alabama fans,” Wilson said. “They’re going to support me wherever I go, they just say, ‘make the right decision.’ I’m not going to say that I’m going to Alabama, I’m not looking into colleges right now…but I talk to Shaun Hamilton a lot and he always talks about teaming up at Alabama.

“But at the end of the day, it’s going to be my decision where to go.”

Ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker in America’s junior class, Wilson maintains that he’s in no rush to make a commitment. Instead, he’s trying to help Carver to an undefeated 2014 campaign, led by what he calls the state’s top defense.

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