One of the largest targets in the 2016 class is Baltimore (Md.) Gilman four-star offensive tackle/defensive end Devery Hamilton.
Standing a massive 6-foot-7, 280-pounds now heading into a very important spring and summer leading up to his senior season, Hamilton is up to 21 scholarship offers.
“This was my first year playing left tackle but I think I got progressively better toward the end of the season especially since I didn’t start there in training camp or in the off-season,” Hamilton said.
“On defense I improved as well using my hands better and things like that, just getting fundamentally better as the season went on.”
With so many schools looking to add Hamilton to the 2016 class, some are divided on what side of the football he could be projected at on the next level. According to Hamilton himself he doesn’t exactly have a preference.
One school with an idea of where they’d like to play Hamilton is Michigan, recruiting the four-star talent as an offensive tackle.
“I actually just talked to Chris Singletary up there today, about an hour ago and we were just talking about getting to know each other and the coaching staff and stuff,” Hamilton said.
“He asked about my grades and things like that. He said they want me to come up and visit to get accustomed to the new coaching staff and I’m speaking with the new coordinator tonight.
After having a relationship with the previous coaching staff in Ann Arbor, even visiting for a football game, Jim Harbaugh and his coaches were quick to inform Hamilton of good news.
“They said they wanted to reaffirm the fact that I had an offer,” he said.
Reflecting back on his visit to Michigan, Hamilton had a fond experience checking out the Wolverines.
“I remember the nice facilities they have, the new indoor facility and checking out the locker room and weight room,” Hamilton said. “Also, seeing campus life from the hotel to the game and the crowd support at the game.”
Still, Hamilton believes there’s more he’d like to learn on his next visit to Michigan.
“I guess I’m just looking to see what Michigan can offer me in terms of academics,” he said. “I’m sure once I go up there again I’ll have more questions for the coaching staff.”
After taking some visits, Hamilton plans to trim his list before eventually deciding on a college despite not having a timetable in place.
“I definitely want to see what the campus life is like, interact with some of the players and see how they like it,” Hamilton said. “I want to see what the school has to offer academically cause that’s really important to me.
“I’ll learn a little about the football side of things but also the fan base and other things.”