After Bama visit, Hamilton's 'ready'

Earlier in March, Shaun Hamilton announced that he would be making his final decision on April 17 in order to focus on his senior season. He's been on the visit trail before and since, and the last stop before announcing his pledge was to Alabama on Saturday.

The last time class of 2014 standout Shaun Hamilton was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered him a scholarship in person before he visited in-state rival Auburn.

After several additional visits elsewhere, the Montgomery (Ala.) Carver standout was back at the home of the defending champs in time to catch its first spring practice on Saturday.

"It was good," Hamilton said Sunday. "I just wanted to see how the coaches were going to be in practice-mode and all of that. It was good watching the players bounce around.

"I was mainly watching the linebackers a lot, seeing some of the coaches coaching the players while it was going on."

The three-star middle linebacker said the Alabama players stood out the most.

"I like how the players were getting after it at practice," he added. "They weren't scared to get after one another when one player wasn't working hard or something."

After the initial practice was through, Hamilton got to sit down with Saban and company for the first time since the offer was verbally extended.

"They were just telling me that they really need me and that they really need linebackers," said the 6-foot-1, 222-pounder. "Alabama would be a great place for me to come to school at, they think I fit greatly in their scheme.

"It feels good, but at the end of the day it's going to be a business decision when I make the decision."

Hamilton's impending commitment, set to go public on April 17, is now in its evaluation stage.

"I've visited all the schools that I really waned to see," he explained. "I just need to sit down, talk it over with my parents and see which school is going to be the best for me and my family over the next four years."

"I'm just ready," he continued. "So I can start my senior year on football and with a fresh mind. Not worried about taking visits and all that other stuff, I can just go out and play ball."

In the final evaluation, Hamilton is looking for a particular feeling with a certain program and its coaching staff.

"It's just going to be the feeling for the coaches an the relationship with the coaches over the period of time," he added.

The decision has yet to be made for the No. 18 middle linebacker prospect in the country, and he's not naming favorites at this stage of the game.

Said Hamilton, "All seven of my favorite schools have a shot."

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