Hamilton ready to contribute

In Miami, where most televisions are tuned to the Canes, Noles and Gators, 2017 Colorado commit Shamar Hamilton tries to watch the Buffs whenever possible. The 6-foot-3.5, 235-pounder cannot wait to get to Boulder to join the rise in person.


Hamilton is working on his disruptive edge-rushing abilities at ASA-Miami junior college. He jumped on board with Buffs this summer during his only trip to Boulder. The three-star has been a stone-cold CU lock long before anyone was talking about rankings or playoff standings. 

“I’m hyped, I’m pumped,” Hamilton said, adding he expects to arrive in Boulder in January. “Most of the guys I met were on defense, I’m watching them ball. … A lot of them are leaving too, so I know it’s my job to hold it down.”

The three-star believes he’s improved on all aspects of his game and maintained 235 pounds. Hamilton expects a CU coach, likely Joe Tumpkin, to be in attendance on Saturday when ASA-Miami hits the road to battle Georgia Military in Milledgeville, Ga.

“We’ve won a lot of games. We have two more games left,” Hamilton said of his 2016 campaign. 

“I believe I’ve improved so much this season. I got my offer before the season started so my mindset was always been, even more than getting the high stats, learning my position and technique to be that next-level guy. I’m a way better pass rusher.”

Hamilton is credited with 21 total tackles, four sacks and five tackles for a loss in 2016 on ASA-Miami's website. Opposing JUCO teams build game plans to keep the future Buff out of the backfield.  

“One team, they literally told me they had a package called ‘44’ on their offense,” Hamilton said of double teams and the like.  

The ASA-Miami defender deserves credit for putting faith in what CU’s coaches were pitching this summer. Buffs safety coach Joe Tumpkin has been the main point of contact and head coach Mike MacIntyre and defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat have been in touch. Other schools have shown interest, but those recruiting efforts are futile. 

“I’m committed, whenever I go down there I’m ready,” Hamilton continued. 

“I’ve seen some stuff, but nobody’s given me a solid offer and it doesn’t matter. I don’t want to say that in a negative sense, but I’m committed to Colorado.”

The CU pledge will not have to search for the Pac-12 Network or Internet streams in the near future. Hamilton hopes fans will have easier viewing access to Buffs games in the future, in Miami and across the country.

“To be honest, no,” Hamilton said when asked if CU is ever on TV in Florida. “I’ve seen it a couple of times. Hopefully it’s just going to be more often now.”

The junior college product is in a different position than the rest of his 2017 buffalo brethren. Hamilton has focused his season on getting to a point where he contribute at the Pac-12 level from day one.

“That’s always been my goal. Out of everything I’ve gained this season, I want to be that guy,” Hamilton said on coming in and playing right away.

“They’ve told me the reason they recruited me is to get to the quarterback.”

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