Lynell Hamilton - Stockton, CA (Edison) - RB - 6.0,195,4.4/40 - 14 yards a carry. No, that's not a typo and this isn't a back solely used to spell the defense, it's the numbers that Lynell put up his junior year. Carrying the ball 83 times for 1172 yards, you could almost guarantee a first down every time he touched the ball. In one particular game, Lynell recalls his performance that will no doubt go down in Edison High history. "One game, I had 12 carries for 5 touchdowns and 200+ yards." Lynell stated. "That was my game." It's little wonder why Lynell has high hopes for himself and his team going into his senior season, because along with him, his team brings back 7 other starters just on offense.
The hype around Lynell has been steadily rising throughout the off-season. Steady enough that it has gotten him offers from schools like California, Colorado, Miami, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Nebraska and USC. That's not all of them, but you get the point. This kid is good.
With a versatility in his game to either run around you or over you, Lynell leaves the opponents wondering whether to duck or dive. "I start off hitting a guy" Hamilton stated. "And when I feel that he had enough that he is going to hit me, I fake him. So, when he goes down and tries to hit me thinking that he is about to get hit, he goes down and I'm gone."
As I have with some other players, I asked Lynell to rate some criteria for the school he plans to attend at the next level, 1 being the least important to him, 10 being the most.
Coaches: "10. I want coaches that are stable and I want to be able to get along with them."
Location: "7, because I don't really care too much about the weather and there doesn't have to be a ton to do, because I am not like that."
Offensive Style: "It means a lot, because I don't want to be on a team that just runs and runs and run". Hamilton said. "I want to be on a team that runs a lot, but also passes. I want to be able to run the ball and catch the ball coming out of the backfield."
Lynell's versatility is his strength, his speed obviously doesn't hurt and it's that combination that has Lynell thinking not just to the collegiate level, but beyond. For any school that Hamilton does consider, he will no doubt be an invaluable part of the team, but he will also be looking to showcase what he has for his hope of eventually making it to the grandest stage of them all, the NFL. "When it comes for the draft, I want those teams to see that I can run and I can also catch the ball to."
Lynell's insistence on going to a team that showcases his ability seems mandatory, but he said that it doesn't rule anyone out at this time. Teams like Nebraska that are the extreme to one degree aren't to be dismissed so soon. "I am interested in all of them and Nebraska is a good running program. They run it a lot, but they don't just run."
With an open mind, Lynell is taking the recruiting season with a grain of salt. He knows he has a lot of time to make a decision and he is looking forward more to a season where he full expects his team to better their 5-5 record of a year ago. "This year, we look bad". Bad obviously being the reference to the good side rather than the usual definition. Lynell hasn't scheduled any official visits thus far, but he plans to in the near future.