Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Hamilton

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The 10th in a series of 25 player evaluations is Oklahoma City Edmond North wide receiver Marquis Hamilton.

Marquis Hamilton
Wide Receiver
Oklahoma City, Okla. (Edmond North HS)
6-3/215/4.6
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The Particulars -- All-state selection ... all-star in 6A-West by the Oklahoma Football Coaches' Association ... caught 46 passes for 750 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... team advanced to postseason play ... SuperPrep all-Midlands team ... ranked in Scout.com's top 100 wide receivers nationally, and top 20 overall in Oklahoma ... all-state and all-city selection as a junior ... caught 35 passes for 569 yards and five scores ... also made 37 tackles and had two interceptions ... second-team all-city as a sophomore ... coached by Bill Bays.

Seals' scouting report – Should fit in well with the Cyclones' approach to the passing game. With Todd Blythe and Jon Davis on the exterior, Hamilton could fill a void inside with the departure of Todd Miller. Hamilton can make the tough catches over the middle and can post up on smaller defensive backs outside. The Oklahoma prep was ISU's number one wide receiving target from the start, which should provide a glimpse of just how good he is.

ISU offensive coordinator Barney Cotton on Hamilton – "We like them tall and long, and he's about 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He has good speed and really good hands. He catches the ball away from his body, runs good routes, and is a physical guy. He goes after contact and makes catches, which should make him a good red-zone receiver. He should be a good middle-of-the-field receiver and deep receiver because of his size. We identified him early in the process and recruited him, then got a commitment around bowl time. We wanted a big, tall, physical wide receiver and the one we identified that best fit our needs was Marquis, and were lucky to get him."

Short-term outlook – Although the Cyclones are relatively set at the wide receiver position – with the only exception being a winter knee injury to Todd Blythe – Hamilton will still get a long look in training camp. He has the frame to contribute right away, and can do the dirty work over the middle while Blythe and Jon Davis work the field.


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