Michigan Checks In On Ray Hamilton

The Maize and Blue coaches recently stopped by Strongsville (OH) to check in with the coaches of one of the nation's top tight end prospects. GoBlueWolverine has the latest with the Buckeye State star.

Ray Hamilton, Scout.com's no. 15th rated tight end, had his recruiting process start strong, and it hasn't faded. He's received a lot of attention, but Hamilton has reached a point where it's time to slow things down.

"Right now I'm just kind of in the process of taking all of the offers and putting them down on paper and narrowing them down," Hamilton told GoBlueWolverine. "I don't have my short list yet, but I will have it very soon. I've just been kind've going at that. I want to get it down to as few schools as I can to make it easier on myself, but I don't have a set number. We'll see how it plays out."

One of those schools showing heavy early interest is the Michigan Wolverines. Recently, the Maize and Blue stopped in to Strongsville (OH) to check in on the 6-5, 230 pound prospect.

"They did stop in, but you know you can't talk to the coaches. Coach Tall did get a chance to talk to my coach, and he had a lot of good things to say. My coach was just giving him the update on me. I talked to Coach Tall via email following the visit and he kind of said that he was in there, but he could only just stop in to talk to my coach. I really respect that, because they're going about things the right way which is part of it."

Michigan is one of the many schools fighting to get into Hamilton's short list, and it looks as if they may have done the job. However, it's not set into stone yet.

"Yeah, I do think that will happen. I'm not making any promises, but at the same time, with the way I think that they're headed and with the academic side of things. Michigan is hard to beat when it comes to academics, especially the business school which I'm trying to get into to. It's definitely something I've got to weigh out -- because you only have four or five years to play football, but I want to set myself up for the rest of my life."

Hamilton, who was able to unofficially visit the Wolverines for one of their early junior days, may be checking in again soon, whether it will be at this weekend's Big House Barbecue or later.

"Coach Tall did tell me about it, and I'm not sure yet (on attending the BBQ). I may be out of town, but I'll check in with him and we'll see if I can. If I can't, if they make my short list, then I plan on getting back up to Ann Arbor."

Michigan is certainly hoping they've already made the short list, and Hamilton does have some early schools in his mind, but there is still a long ways to go in his recruitment.

"There are certain schools that kind of stick out in my mind, but at this point, there's only going to be one school that I go to. It's not going to cut it if I have a few schools in my mind. At the end of the day it's going to come down to one school."

"I'm not in any rush, I'm just weighing all my options and being smart about it and being interactive with it."


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