Buffs in Top Two for Texas Defensive Tackle

The CU staff is getting a strong early response this fall on defensive tackle prospects. They have offered a select few around the nation. The latest to receive an offer is Dominique Hamilton from El Paso, Texas. Hamilton has a few big offers and is currently placing the Buffs in his top two. That is great news for CU fans who have spoken of the need for defensive tackles ad nauseum.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 280
40 time: 5.66
Bench: 300
Squat: 350
Clean: 275
Vertical: "22
From: El Paso, Texas
High School: Chapin

Defensive Tackles. Defensive Tackles. Defensive Tackles. CU fans have been saying the same thing for years. Every recruiting cycle it is the biggest need and that need is never met. Many players have chosen to go to schools where they end up sitting for a few years instead of coming to Boulder and possibly starting as true freshman. The last staff could not close on these elite players. Buff fans are hoping that this one can. Good news, Colorado is looking better this year for D-tackles than they have in years past.

As a junior, Dominique Hamilton made second team all-district. He racked up 70 tackles, four forced fumbles, six sacks, 14 pressures, six tackles for loss and recovered one fumble. "I have quick feet and I fly off the ball," boasts Hamilton.

He has current written offers from Nebraska, Texas A&M, Colorado, Arizona State, Missouri, UTEP, Oklahoma (verbal), and his latest one came from Texas Tech two nights ago.

He is looking hard at a top three. "Missouri is my top school, then Colorado, then A&M. I like Oklahoma, too, and they told me I could have an offer in writing, but they like me as an offensive tackle and I want to play defense. So outside of my top three, I'd say my other favorites are Florida State, UTEP and Arizona State.

"I am visiting Arizona State this Friday. Most of my family lives in Phoenix and Houston. My mom was just buried in Phoenix a couple months ago, unfortunately. It would be nice to play near family, but I think I want to play in the Big 12.

"Missouri is my favorite right now. I have already visited them and I like what I am hearing from them.

"I am trying to schedule a visit with Coach Bandison at Colorado for this summer. I want to go up there with a couple of my teamamtes. He said he'll be getting back to me soon on when the best time to come would be and how we could work out the arrangements. Coach Bandison tells me they are looking good to win the North again and that Boulder is a real nice place. He thinks I could fit in well there. He also says that if I want to play early that is up to me and how hard I work. Him and I text almost everyday."

Hamilton is pretty sure he wants to leave El Paso, but he wouldn't mind leaving Texas. "I have no problem with leaving the state but it would be okay if I stayed here, too. I just don't think I will be staying in El Paso. I wouldn't mind going to A&M or Texas. Now that Tech has offered, that is another option."

The defensive tackle carries a 2.9 core GPA and is re-taking the SAT on June 3rd. He is unsure on what he wants to major in.


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