Virginia WR An Option In 2013

DaeSean Hamilton says the Blue Devils are working hard early on, but he's not in any rush to make a decision.

Mountain View (VA) athlete DaeSean Hamilton is still searching for his first scholarship offer, but he has already attracted the attention of many of the top schools in the Virginia area.

Hamilton plays both sides of the ball for his high school team, lining up at both wide receiver and defensive back.

"We finished the year 7-4 and lost in the first round of the state playoffs," Hamilton said of his team's season. "I don't know my statistics. I'd say I played my best high school football season, but there's always room for improvement. I was very pleased with how I played this year."

Some schools are recruiting Hamilton to play wide receiver at the next level, while others like him at defensive back. It is his versatility that makes him a legitimate FBS prospect.

"My best attribute is that I am one of the strongest players on my team. I'd say I have about average speed, but I have good size for defensive back. I can hang with many of the taller receivers. My weakness would be communicating with my teammates on defense."

Hamilton is currently being recruited by Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. He made unofficial visits to Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech this season. His visit to Duke came on the weekend where the Blue Devils very nearly pulled off an upset over Virginia Tech.

"I went to Duke for the Virginia Tech game. It was a very nice campus. I liked the campus atmosphere. Getting to watch the game was great because the recruiting visit was very organized. The football stadium seemed nice, even though it wasn't very big, and the football team looked pretty good that day. They quite impressed me because they hung around with Virginia Tech for awhile. My favorite part of the trip would have to of been seeing Cameron Indoor Stadium. You normally only get to see it on television, so it was nice to be able to see it in person."

While the game he attended was the only Blue Devil contest he watched this season, Hamilton was very impressed with the way that the Duke players were coached. He has been in contact with defensive back coach Derek Jones and says that he likes what Coach Jones has done with the players in Durham.

"I've talked to Coach Jones on Facebook and he has emailed me multiple times over the course of the season. When I made my visit, I saw that the team was well-coached, so I can just assume that he is a great coach."

As Hamilton continues to search for his first scholarship offer, he will continue to stay in contact with the current schools on his list and will look to gather as much information on each as possible. He lists distance, academics, campus atmosphere, living situation and how he will fit into the team as the biggest factors in his decision. No school has yet to emerge as the prohibitive favorite, but Hamilton will continue talking to schools until his list becomes a little clearer.

"I'm very open-minded at this point right now. Nobody has really warranted being a favorite right now, so I am just looking at all my options."


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