At 5-9, 180 pounds, DB Darryl Hamilton of Centreville High School in Clifton, Va has heard the doubters that say is he is too short to play on the division one level. However, he's been out to prove the naysayers wrong in 2007 and so far, he's off to a great start.
"The main thing is people have talked about my height," said Hamilton. "I've looked and I know there are players in the NFL my size so I know I can play.
"I've had a really good year so far. We're 1-1 but last week I set a school record for the longest interception return for a touchdown (89 yards). I also blocked a punt and have had a lot of tackles."
Lining up as a safety and half back for Centreville, Hamilton says he'd like to play safety on the next level but that isn't a huge concern. He just wants to see the field.
"I like to play safety because I like to get out in coverage but I also like to come up and hit people," he said. "But it's probably going to depend on what the school needs. Whatever I've got to do to get on the field is what I'll do."
So far Hamilton has picked up an offer from Virginia and they have a strong connection with the senior defensive back.
"I've been around that program for a while since my brother played there," said Hamilton. "I have a good bond with the coaches and I've been to a lot of their games. It's almost like second nature there in a sense because they play the scheme I like."
In addition to the Cavs, Hamilton is also hearing from NC State, UNC and Duke. Hamilton talked about the Pack and Heels.
"The coaches at State are real genuine," he said. "I camped there for one day. They were recruiting me when they were at Boston College. Coach Willis is my recruiting coach and he's a real nice guy. He's straight up and tells you like it is. The campus is beautiful and they've added more facilities there. The atmosphere there reminded me a lot of home.
"At UNC, I just really like the schools in North Carolina. I like that area and atmosphere. I talked to coach Williams when I was there for camp and he had me go against some of the top receivers and I think I showed him what I can do and he seemed to appreciate that. He really made it seem like he cared about me as a person and not just as a football player. They called last weekend and I think they may be close to offering."
Although open to any suitor, Hamilton said he's keeping a close eye on four schools in particular.
"In no order, I like Virginia since they were the first to recruit me and recognize my ability," he said. "I also like NC State, UNC and Notre Dame."