Miami landed one of the state's top overall prospects on Monday when St. Thomas Aquinas standout defensive end Jelani Hamilton made his commitment.
What to Like:
There's a lot to like about Jelani Hamilton
. He's been a starter at St. Thomas for the past few seasons and everyone has been waiting for him to become a senior to see how heavily he'd be recruited. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, he has long arms and he moves very well. He can run, change directions, and do all the athletic things most kids at that level can't do. He understands the game very well, is coached up very well, and brings a lot of upside to the position because of his size/athletic combo. He has the frame to add even more weight while maintaining the athleticism. He can rush the passer extremely well but is also disciplined enough to be a complete player. He's the the type of kid who will be able to step on the field early in his college career and make an impact. It's also a big get for new coach Al Golden, as St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the nation's top prep programs and in his first year he's getting their top prospect.
What may concern you: Not a whole lot. If there's one, it could be the lack of pass rushing numbers. He finished 2010 with only four quarterback sacks, while his athletic ability screams mismatch against opposing tackles most of the time. There aren't a whole lot of holes in his game and it's hard to find things you don't like in him as a prospect.
Bottom Line: This is a huge get for Golden and his staff. He was being recruited like a five-star prospect. Florida wanted him badly and so did Florida State. He's one of the state's premier prospects at a premier school and at a position where it's difficult to find quality prospects. The Canes got the state's best defensive end prospect in 2011 (Anthony Chickillo) and now they're going to do the same in 2010 with Hamilton. He becomes Miami's fourth defensive end commitment. He and Trent Taylor were being more heavily recruited at the time of their commitments compared to Jake O'Donnell and Dwayne Hoilett. The Canes could now be done at the D-End spot.