It was a busy weekend for committed and uncommitted prospects taking their official visits to Ann Arbor. One official visit in particular, Michigan commit Baltimore (MD.) Gilman senior offensive tackle Devery Hamilton, particularly enjoyed his time on campus as Signing Day nears.
“It was great,” Hamilton told The Michigan Insider. “I got a campus tour and got to see the Ross school of business, hang out with some of the guys on the team and ate tons of food, which was great. It was an overall great weekend.”
The 6-6, 265-pound Hamilton was assigned with fellow East Coast lineman Grant Newsome as his host during his trip, who he really connected with.
“Grant Newsome was my host and we went over to Ben Braden’s house and hung out there with a couple guys,” said Hamilton. “Grant is a great guy and I met him two years ago when he was on his official visit to Michigan, so it was a good weekend with him.”
While Hamilton got to see and do quite a bit on his official visit to Michigan, the highlight of the trip was seeing that blend of academics and athletics the Wolverines have to offer.
“On the academic side of things, definitely seeing what they do with academic support and what Shari Acho does in terms of building your career, which is definitely appealing,” said Hamilton. “You are obviously going to get a great degree from the University of Michigan, but in the end, you have to learn how to use that degree and get a job. On the athletic side of things, honestly Schembechler Hall and all the facilities were great. The Big House is awesome and we had lunch there. The highlight for me was both academics and athletics.”
He also got an opportunity to talk with most of the Wolverine coaching staff, who shared their vision with him on where they see this program going.
"I sat down with (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh this morning before we left,” said Hamilton. “I met with (Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line) Coach (Tim) Drevno and had a really good time with him. All the coaches were around, so almost all of them I talked with. They told me they are building something big here starting with our class, so it is going to be a good next four years.”
The visit let Hamilton bond with some of the recruits visiting and the other committed members in his class, too.
"I talked to some of the guys that are already there,” said Hamilton. “I also talked with Mike Onwenu, Khaleke Hudson, and Carlo Kemp a little too. It was also good bonding with the committed guys and we got a group message, so almost everyday we talk. We are getting pretty close.
While Hamilton took a back seat to recruiting this weekend, he left feeling strongly that the class will only continue to get bigger and better.
“No, I really didn't recruit,” said Hamilton. “I didn’t do much of that. I definitely (got positive vibes) though. I think there definitely will be more guys committing before or on Signing Day.”