S Mike Hamlin
6-2, 184, 4.6
Lamar High School
Lamar, South Carolina
"It was real good," said Hamlin of his official visit to Clemson. "It was more than I really expected. I got to meet a lot of the parents and some of the players. I talked with some former players. I even met Brian Mance this weekend."
The highlight of the weekend was the run down the hill for the talented defender. "I enjoyed that a whole lot. They caught me off guard when they had the jersey for me."
Hamlin had a hard time imaging what the experience would be like with 85,000 screaming fans. "Oh goodness. I can't imagine."
The parents of the talented prospect came away very impressed as well, especially of Vickery Hall. "They loved it," added Hamlin. "They talked about it a lot on the way back. My mother really enjoyed Vickery Hall. That's what my mom was concerned about. After we saw that she felt better."
Hamlin will take official visits to South Carolina this weekend and then travel to Duke for the weekend of January 23rd. "I will make my announcement after I take my visit to Duke."
The Palmetto star made several new friends during the visit and go to know several Shrine Bowl teammates better. "I met Albert Ashcraft and Dannell Ellerbe. I already knew Courtney and Matt from the Shrine Bowl."
Hamlin developed a strong relationship with fellow defensive back C.J. Barber during the Shrine Bowl and the relationship became stronger as they were roommates for the Clemson visit. "I roomed with C.J. We talked a lot about playing together. He called me yesterday and told me he had committed to Clemson. He was just joking but he got me."
When asked where he thought C.J. would really commit, Hamlin responded, "Clemson."
We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defensive back from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2004.
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