Shamar Hamilton had been verbally committed to Colorado since July 24, but due to some procedural reasons, he did not sign his letter of intent during the first three weeks of the mid-year Junior College signing period. He used the word "fantastic" to describe the moment of putting pen to paper on Thursday.
“I am really confident in myself but you have to have proof at the end of the day,” he said. “I feel like Colorado giving me this opportunity is proof that I can play at that level. I feel like I gained so much knowledge from being in this environment in Miami and going JUCO. I feel like I got what I needed out of it.”
Hamilton ranks second all-time in ASA College history with 10 career sacks, and he also tallied 65 tackles in two seasons. He put up those numbers while being raw in his role as a pass rusher. Hamilton was initially recruited to ASA College as a tight end.
“My first year I was just learning. And when you are still learning, you don't react the way you want to,” he admitted. “The difference from my first year to my second year was drastic. My second year, now I saw the same things but I trained a little harder and had more experience so I was able to react way quicker.”
While Hamilton played with his hand in the ground as a defensive end at ASA College, he is expected to factor in as an outside linebacker in the Buffaloes' 3-4 defensive scheme.
“You can see on film, when I am going against a quarterback, he notices my presence. He can't play like I'm not there,” Hamilton said. “So that will be my job when I get to Colorado, just get after the quarterback.”
It has been five-and-a-half months since he last visited Boulder. Regular communication with Buffs assistant coach Joe Tumpkin, including an in-home visit in December, made Hamilton feel comfortable in his commitment. Did the fact Colorado won 10 games this past season make him feel like his risk paid off in choosing the Buffaloes?
“I actually didn't think there was any risk,” Hamilton answered. “The initial thought was I was coming there to help them become successful, which they became. So they became successful early and now I can just help them maintain it. But watching them have success was wonderful. It was a beautiful thing to see.”
All four of the Buffaloes' Junior College signees - Javier Edwards, Dante Wigley, Chris Mulumba and Hamilton - are expected to be on campus at Colorado for the start of the spring semester, which begins on the 17th.
Hamilton will have three years to play two with the Buffaloes, and he plans to pursue a degree in Political Science. You can watch his sophomore season highlight reel below: