Concord (NC) forward Jairus Hamilton made the drive up to Raleigh on Wednesday to visit NC State, one of the programs he's seriously considering. The Wolfpack left an impression on Hamilton.
"It was a great visit," he said. "I was able to spend a lot of time with the coaches and hear what their plan would be for me if I went there. We talked about how they could use me and the way I'd fit. Plus I was able to tour the facilities and check out the campus. I had a great time."
What is critical with Hamilton is how serious NC State appears to be about him as a prospect.
"The coaches told me I'm a major recruit for them," he added. "I'm a top priority. They talked about how I was one of the top guys on their board and that means a lot."
Hamilton wasn't along on his visit. Joining him was Jamie Lewis, an AAU teammate who committed to NC State last week.
"We had a good time hanging out together," said Hamilton. "We played ball with the Stars in the spring so I'm cool with him... we just talked about NC State and he made it comfortable because we already knew each other.
Lewis and Hamilton both played with the Georgia Stars on the EYBL circuit, but Hamilton added they would be spending the rest of the AAU season suiting up for Team Loaded, an adidas program. Hamilton played with Team Loaded prior to joining the Stars this spring.
"Loaded is like family for me," he stated. "It will be easy going back to play with them because it's like home."
Landing Hamilton won't be easy for NC State. He's a high-level recruit with a large collection of high-major offers. He is currently rated a four-star recruit and the No. 63 overall player in the country by Scout.com.
"I don't really have a leader, but I'm mainly looking at the schools who have said I'm a priority," Hamilton said. "NC State, Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Kansas, Arizona, and Louisville are some of the schools I'm considering. For me it's really about how hard they are recruiting me."
With that being said, NC State certainly seems to be in the mix.
"The visit was great," he added. "I knew a lot about NC State before that, but going up and seeing the campus and hanging out with the coaches, it definitely put them in a much better spot with me. I do like them a lot."