Focus 2004

<b>Gerard Hamlett, </b>a running back from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, will be a name that recruiting fans will be quite familiar with once the season begins in the fall. Click here for all the details and quotes from Hamlett.

Gerard Hamlett, a running back from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, will be a name that recruiting fans will be quite familiar with once the season begins in the fall.

This spring don't expect the 5-foot-10 and 175 pound slasher to get early offers due to a knee injury last season. Once the season start and he proves he's healthy, the offers will most likely start to flood in.

Last season, the St Thomas Aquinas junior tore his ACL in the second game of the season. Before the injury in that that game, he was off to a solid start by rushing for 53 yards on three carries.

With some solid rehab, he will most likely be named the starter for the 2003 season. According to an assistant coach on is team, Hamlet has the potential to be one of best in school's history when healthy.

‘I'm about 80 percent now," Hamlett said. "I shouldn't have any problems practicing this spring."

Even with missing most of the season, that hasn't slowed colleges from sending him a ton of mail. Some of the teams that are sending him mail are Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida and Pittsburgh.

Hamlett, who rushed for 220 yards on 14 carries as a sophomore, talks about his main strength.

"My strength is my vision," he said. "I have the ability to see the hole and make my cut."

As a freshman on the junior varsity squad, he rushed for over a 1,000 yards.

"He's a real humble kid," Mother Cynthia said. "He doesn't like to brag but I can tell you he fights for the extra yards and you can't tackle him by the ankles."

Hamlett, who carries a solid 2.8 grade point average doesn't have a favorite team and he's very open.


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