Tx. CB Returns From Official Visit

Kentucky Wildcat Football Recruiting Update with Kentucky Sports Report's Rob Gidel.

James Hamilton Profile

The University of Kentucky hosted only two players on official visits on Saturday, both from Cedar Hill High School in Texas.

Osaze Idumwonyi made his commitment public yesterday, but teammate James Hamilton was the more heavily sought after recruit.

How did the talented defensive back like his trip to Kentucky?

"It was real fun," Hamilton said. "We went to the game. We had a good time there. We visited some of the facilities - the weight room, the locker room, the training room and some of the dorms. It was pretty good experience."

Among his dozen scholarship offers, Hamilton will pick from Rice, North Texas, Washington State, Louisiana Tech, SMU and Kentucky. His trip to Lexington was his first official visit.

"They certainly moved up on my list," Hamilton said. "They impressed me, but they've always been in my top three schools for the most part. Now that I've been up there, they have moved up."

The game was particularly special for the Texas native because LSU features several players he was familiar with. The Tigers roster is heavily polluted with players from his area.

So was Hamilton surprised at the outcome?

"I figured they had a chance, if they started off strong," Hamilton stated. "After the first quarter, they could have beat them by more than what they did, but they kept on shooting themselves in the foot. They made their own mistakes and kept (LSU) closer than they shoudl have."

The upset victory was impressive enough to land the commitment of teammate Osaze Idumwonyi, who travelled with Hamilton to Saturday's contest. Will the opportunity to make the collegiate transition with a familiar face help Kentucky's chances of persuading the talented cornerback?

"It could help, a lot," Hamilton said. "It means a lot going away that far away from home and going with a teammate from high school. Gives you someone to lean on. But I still got other colleges to look at too."

The 5-foot-10, 185 pounder is hoping to take some more visits to see how this trip stacks up against other schools, particularly those close to Cedar Hill (Tx.).

"I'm kinda open," Hamilton explained. "I want take a trip to North Texas and SMU. Fresno State is talking to me, too. They said they need to see more film and see my transcript. They might offer and I might take a trip out there, but other than that, it's pretty much open."

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