Hamilton Checks Out UNC

Accompanied by his parents, Ray Hamilton, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Strongsville (Ohio), made a recent visit to North Carolina.

"The program, since they started recruiting me, definitely really attracted me," Hamilton said. "I think what jumped out at me was the direction Coach [Butch] Davis is taking them. And knowing my position and the system that he uses there with the tight end is very attractive."

The visit, which encompassed two days, did nothing but strengthen Hamilton's feelings.

"It was just a bunch of positives," Hamilton said. "It's definitely a school that's on my list and just seeing the campus just added to it. Getting to meet the staff and the people around the program, it was definitely all positives."

Hamilton, who holds roughly 30 scholarship offers, doesn't have a favorite schools list. However, he's currently in the process of putting one together. He expects to announce the list in a week or two.

"[I'm going to narrow it down to] as many as I can get it down to," Hamilton said. "It would be nice to get it down to five, but it will be whatever I can get it down to."

Hamilton did reveal that UNC's chances to make his favorites list were "very good."

"You get the combination of football and academics there," Hamilton said. "That jumps out at me, because a lot of places you can't get that combination."

UNC, however, has yet to offer Hamilton a scholarship.

"They really make sure that when they're going to offer you that they go through their whole list," Hamilton said. "So they're going to watch some tape and go from there."

The coaches also discussed having Hamilton return to Chapel Hill for one of UNC's camps. He's unsure if he'll be able to accept the invitation.

"I know that they like seeing all their players in camp and at the same time camp will benefit me as well [by] getting to work with the coaches," Hamilton said.

Hamilton's visit began early on Tuesday, May 18 and included a campus tour, and a look at both the academic and football side of UNC. For much of that day, either John Shoop, Hamilton's primary recruiter, or Allen Mogridge, UNC's tight ends coach, were usually close by.

"They're both good people and coaches, and at the same time they really treat all of their players like they are family," Hamilton said. "They want to see you reach your full potential as a person and as a player."

The following morning before catching their flight home, Hamilton and his parents met with Davis.

"We just talked about the football there, where he thought I could fit in, where the program is headed, things that he may have seen on film [of me] that he really liked," Hamilton said. "And then he talked to my parents about how he takes care of his players while they're there, how they have a family-type atmosphere that he takes seriously."

UNC's offense utilizes two tight ends – an "H" and a "Y." The staff projects Hamilton as a "Y," the on-the-line tight end.

This season, Hamilton will be a four-year starter at tight end for Strongsville. In six games last season, he caught 22 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown.

Besides UNC, Hamilton has visited Alabama, California, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and Wisconsin.

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