Previously tripping to Michigan when Brady Hoke and the previous coaching staff manned the sideline, 2016 Baltimore (Md.) Gilman four-star offensive tackle Devery Hamilton is ready to go back to Ann Arbor.
On Thursday, Hamilton and his parents will do just that in an effort to get to know Jim Harbaugh and the new coaches in charge of guiding the Wolverines.
“I’ll be there on Thursday the whole day and I’ll leave on Friday afternoon,” Hamilton said.
“I’ve been up there once before and that was with the old coaching staff so hopefully I’ll get to meet the new coaching staff and then this time around get to see the academic side of things,” added Hamilton. “That was something we didn’t get to see last time and then take a tour of the campus.”
After receiving a scholarship offer from Harbaugh during the winter, Hamilton says his bond continues to grow with all of the new coaches now in place.
“My relationship has always been good with them since Coach Hoke was still in place there,” Hamilton said. “I’m always in contact with the coaches.
“I guess since I got the offer I’ve just been building my relationship with the coaches, talking to Coach (Tim) Drevno a lot and talking to Coach Harbaugh a little bit as well.”
Standing 6-foot-6.5, 290-pounds heading into his senior season at Gilman, Hamilton is being recruited as an offensive tackle by Michigan.
Having success at many different levels of football, Hamilton feels he understands the type of player development he’d endure should he end up a Wolverine.
“As coaches, obviously they have a lot of experience, coached in the NFL so if I were to go there I would get an NFL style coaching,” Hamilton said.
“And then in terms of people I feel like they’re both great people, genuine, and I’m learning more about them, becoming more comfortable with them it has really allowed me to see that."
While in Ann Arbor Thursday and Friday, Hamilton was asked whether or not a commitment could be possible if the experience wows him enough.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Hamilton said. “I’m still working on narrowing down my list so I wouldn’t say I’ll be making my decision anytime soon cause I haven’t cut my list down yet so, no.”
“It was nice to be out in California and see the campus,” Hamilton said of the Cardinal. “Obviously they have a great reputation for academics and athletics.
“But the trip allowed me to learn more things about the school, some things I didn’t know, even on the academic side of things so that was really important.”
Hamilton recently competed in the Nike camp in Washington D.C., faring well in the highly competitive event.
“I think I did pretty well,” Hamilton said. “There was some great competition out there, got some good work in on the 1-on-1’s. In terms of coaching, the coaches were great. They taught us a lot of things and that was a good take away from that.”