Robert Hamilton: From Sleeper To Duck

On Saturday eDuck was fortunate enough to speak with linebacker Robert Hamilton at the Shrine All-Star game in Walnut, California. Hamilton only started playing football as a junior at Westchester High School, and lives in Inglewood (CA), but enjoyed a breakout year during his senior season.

Robert Hamilton was much better known for his exploits on the basketball court until he decided to give football a try during his junior year in high school. By the time he was a senior, Oregon linebacker coach Don Pellum was hot on his trail after Robert logged 17 quarterback sacks on defense, including an incredible seven in one game against eventual City Champions, Dorsey High School. Ironically, Dorsey's star cornerback, Marques Binns, is also headed to Oregon to play football and the two spent this past week sharing a dorm room together in preparation for the Shrine game. They are quickly becoming friends and are already planning to become roommates in Eugene.

In high school Robert played wide receiver, defensive end and outside linebacker, but he was recruited to only play the outside linebacker position by Oregon. Hamilton has been listed at many sizes, including 5'-10" and 185 pounds in yesterday's All-Star game program, but the truth is that he stands nearly 6'-3" tall and has bulked up to 205 pounds. He plans to redshirt his first year at Oregon, but his Westchester High School defensive coach predicts that Robert Hamilton will someday become a "sack machine" for the Ducks.

Robert is a well-spoken young man who also does well in the classroom. In this day and age of last second qualifying, Oregon fans will be happy to learn that Hamilton received his test score during his junior year in high school and academics are no problem. Robert plans to major in business or sports marketing at Oregon and is determined to leave with a degree. Expect Robert Hamilton to arrive in Eugene about July 27th to begin his college football career. He can't wait and neither can Duck fans.

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