Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s K.J. Hamler is one of the more touted wide receivers in the Midwest. His speed and quickness is hard to match, and on Friday he went up against his biggest test yet, against a physical secondary form Warren (Mich.) De La Salle. Ultimately, DLS won, beating OLSM’s 31-8, but Hamler was still able to do some positive things on the field, even in defeat.
Hamler, who stands at 5-foot-9, 150-pounds, finished with two catches an interception and two tackles. His lack of catches is due to St. Mary’s lacks of a true passing quarterback and their heavy dose of running the football. His lone long catch came at the end of the game, as he went up in the middle of traffic, almost taking it fore a score. That play in itself, shows why Hamler can be a game changer, he just needs a quarterback to help provide the passes down the field. He also made a nice interception, jumping up at the highest pint, snagging the ball away form his opponent. While defense isn’t what most project him in college, it could be an option down the road.
Currently, Hamler is rated the No. 218th player in the latest Scut.com player rankings, and No. 31 WR overall. He’s speed alone, and ability to get off the line is tough to defend in itself. He’s always going to be a speed guy, and probably won’t get too much bigger, but speed kills and he has it.
Hamler gives his thoughts on his last trip to U-M this summer for their BBQ:
“It was a good feeling,” Hamler said. “I think everybody up there likes Michigan. I think I got a better feeling about Michigan then I have ever had before. Just got to know the coaches better and got to talk to them more and get to know what they’re about. It was a good time up there.”
Adding: “I like everything about Michigan. Michigan is a good school, good education, and a good football team. Hopefully I can grow more of a bond with them.”
Highlights: Hamler -- OLSM vs. De La Salle