Hamilton Goes Against Grain with PSU Pick

Mountain View High (Stafford, Va.) receiver DaeSean Hamilton lives in Virginia Tech territory and recently visited Virginia, but Sunday he became a member of Penn State's 2013 class. Why did he chose it? Check inside for the answer.

Mountain View High (Stafford, Va.) coach Louis Sorrentino had a feeling his standout receiver wanted to stay close enough to home where his family could see him play.

And being at a school entrenched in commonwealth and being recruited hard Virginia and Virginia Tech, getting DaeSean Hamilton out of the area was going to be tough.

Still, Penn State won out when Hamilton committed to the Nittany Lions on Sunday, the same day his official visit ended.

"I know he really enjoyed, and his parents really enjoyed, (Penn State) coach (Bill) O'Brien," Sorrentino said. "They were very impressed with him. Why now? It's a tribute to Penn State and their coaches in that sense."

Hamilton visited Virginia last week, and was the talking to Virginia Tech about an official visit next month before he made his decision. He also held offers from the likes of Michigan State and Miami.

"Pretty much any school we sent tape to, he got an offer," Sorrentino said. "I think the thing we kept hearing throughout his recruitment was his body control. Coaches were really impressed. He was just in command of his body, even coming in and out of cuts. He was a very smooth player.

"He's got great ball skills. He moves well. He's 6-1, 180. He's not 6-4 and he's not 5-9 and a little 4.3 burner. He's a nice mix off all that. He has a 4.1 GPA and plays on both sides of the ball, and he's a four-year starter."

Sorrentino added that the NAA sanctions Penn State is dealing with had nothing to do with his recruitment, and Hamilton let other schools know that.

"He's one of those guys that if this was the place he wanted to go, he wasn't going to let the sanctions or some of those things keep him from it," Sorrentino said. "It wasn't a factor. He said that with some of the schools that were recruiting him."

Hamilton finished his senior season with 64 catches for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns, although he missed the last game of the season with a broken collarbone, Sorrentino said.

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