DB has Family Ties to Clemson

Lamar High has one of the top two-way junior standouts in South Carolina for the class of 2007. CUTigers.com has the latest in this recruiting update.

6-0, 180 pound safety prospect Marquais Hamlin, the younger brother of Clemson safety Mike Hamlin, is drawing early interest from several schools early on in the recruiting process.

In a recent interview with CUTigers.com Hamlin said, "I don't have any offers yet, but I am hearing a lot from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina A&T and Coastal Carolina."

Hamlin, who plays both ways for Lamar High, is considered a safety prospect at the next level. "Yeah, I play on both sides of the ball," he said. "I like playing defense though. At quarterback last year I rushed for over 700 yards and passed for over 1000 this year. At safety I had 82 tackles and four interceptions."

Not surprisingly, Hamlin plans to be active this spring and summer when it comes to visiting his top schools. First up, is a trip to Clemson.

"I am supposed to go up there to Junior Day on March 4," he said. "I don't have any plans to go to any other junior days right now but I'd like to get out there."

Which schools are recruiting Hamlin the hardest right now?

"Clemson is writing a lot to me," he responded. "They just tell me about the school and how the players are going. They invited me to come up for Junior Day and everything."

Of course, one aspect that favors the Tigers if the fact that his brother looks is penciled in to be the starting "cat" safety this spring.

"I would love to play with my brother. I wouldn't mind it a bit," Marquais said. "He loves it there. He is already trying to work me to get me up there. I went to four games at Clemson last year."

What will be most important when Hamlin decides where to attend college? According to him, it's academics.

"First I want to make sure I get a degree," he said. "I want to make sure I graduate. I would like to major in Sports Management."

Finally, Marquais Hamlin is also a standout performer on the hardwood, where he plays basketball for Lamar.

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