S Mike Hamlin
6-2, 184, 4.6
Lamar High School
Lamar, South Carolina
The Stats: Mike Hamlin was the Defensive Player of the Year in South Carolina according to the High School Sports Report and he also played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl. The hard-hitting safety had 20 catches for 290 yards and four touchdowns on offense, and 65 tackles to go along with 4 INTs on defense during his senior season. Hamlin, who was recruited to Clemson by running backs' coach Burton Burns, chose the Tigers over South Carolina and Duke.
Strength: Hamlin is a hard-nosed hitter with speed to burn. He was one of the most impressive athletes on the field during the Shrine Bowl and figures to see time early in his career at Clemson.
Why Clemson? "Graduation rates, majors and depth charts were just some of the reasons I chose Clemson. When the coaches came in to see me, Carolina talked about it, but Clemson brought the papers to prove it," said Hamlin. "My official visit went really well. I just felt comfortable with Clemson all along. I went back and forth a little bit between schools, but Clemson was always one of my favorite teams growing up as a kid. After I made my decision the day before signing day, I was just happy to get the recruiting process behind me. I really was. Things got crazy near the end of it all, but fortunately it's all over with and I can now focus on getting ready for next year."
Interesting Tidbit: Hamlin is a good friend of fellow 2004 signee Phillip Morris. "We are great friends because we grew up together," said Hamlin. "We live in the same neighborhood but we go to different schools. Both of us are really looking forward to finally being on the same team."
Will he Redshirt? Conventional wisdom says yes. Hamlin, who is projected as a free safety at the collegiate level, will likely be given time to develop with senior Travis Pugh and redshirt freshman Roy Walker ahead of him on the depth chart. Pound for pound, he may be one of the toughest of all of the 2004 signees, but it would serve him well to add some weight before sees action on gameday.
David Blackwell Says: "Mike Hamlin is a guy that we really wanted in this class," said recruiting coordinator David Blackwell. "He's not afraid to stick his nose in there and make the big hit. He's also a guy that's got a lot of speed and good instincts. We are extremely happy to have him coming to Clemson this fall, I can tell you that."
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