Hamilton Building Bond With Auburn

2014 linebacker prospect Shaun Hamilton talks Wednesday Auburn visit.

Montgomery, Ala.—Already the number 16 middle linebacker prospect in the country for the 2014 recruiting class, Carver standout Shaun Hamilton has close to two dozen offers at the moment including Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, UCLA and others.

At 6-1, 225, he's a classic middle linebacker and a player that has seen his stock continue to rise following a huge 2012 season for the Wolverines. Helping the team to one of its best seasons in school history, he finished with 101 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, and four sacks.

Wednesday night Hamilton, teammate Draequon Murphy, and good friend and fellow 2014 prospect Rashaan Evans were all in Auburn to talk with Coach Gus Malzahn and some of the Auburn staff as well as taking in the basketball game against Arkansas. Enjoying the opportunity to sit and talk football, Hamilton says it was a great afternoon and night.

"I got a chance to really sit down and talk with Coach Malzahn and I enjoyed our conversation we had," Hamilton says. "It was good to be around the coaches."

"Things are going real good right now," he adds. "I want to get the chance to meet Coach (Ellis) Johnson and more of the defensive coaches and talk a little football with them. I want to see how I would fit in their schemes."

Signing just two linebackers in the 2013 class, there is no question that a big focus for Auburn in this year's recruiting class is going to be signing difference makers at the position. That need is something Hamilton says is apparent and makes the Tigers one of the teams he's very interested in.

"That's A-Plus for me," Hamilton notes. "Knowing that they really need linebackers and knowing I could play early, that's what I will be looking for is early playing time. Right now I'm just trying to build a relationship with the coaches and see how that goes."

Playing alongside Auburn signee Jeremy Johnson at Carver, Hamilton has had the opportunity to see and be a part of the recruiting process for much of the last year. Along the way he's built a lot of good relationships already with top players across the region.

Wednesday night however it was back to his youth as his current teammate Murphy and Evans are old friends dating back to youth basketball. Hamilton says it was great to get to hang out with them and talk about the possibilities down the road for all three.

"Rashaan and Draequon and I played on the same AAU team actually when we were in the fifth grade, so we've been knowing each other for a while," Hamilton says. "It's actually kind of cool knowing that all of us since we were kids have talked about how we were this and that in football. Now we may end up playing together."

Remaining strong in his commitment to making an early decision, Hamilton says that he's got a top group of schools he's working with at the moment and hopes to get things done in the coming months so he can concentrate on his senior year at Carver.

"I'm still pretty open, but I'm liking Auburn, Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, UCLA, and Miami," Hamilton notes. "I would prefer to get my decision out of the way before my senior season, but if that doesn't happen I'll just wait it out."

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