Don Bosco DL Hamilton Talks Recruiting

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive lineman Darius Hamilton holds nearly two dozen offers and is getting interest from across the nation. He spoke to about his recruitment, why he was a regular on the Rutgers campus growing up, and what he thinks of the school now that he is one of the top recruits in the state.

Darius Hamilton isn't even thinking about a list of favorites because he is still trying to determine which schools to visit in the spring and summer.

However, the Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive lineman, who holds close to 20 offers, did say which schools are recruiting him with the most fervor.

"I can't determine which schools are my favorite until I visit," the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hamilton said. "The way I do it is whoever recruits me the hardest …(And those are) places like Rutgers, Florida, Tennessee North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia."

The only school Hamilton visited so far is Rutgers, where he attended junior day in January. "They have great facilities," Hamilton said. "I definitely feel like they're going to be a program that is on the rise. As far as academics, it was kind of junior day for football, so we didn't really learn a lot about academics, but all around they have a great coaching staff, great people at Rutgers. It was a good time."

It wasn't the first time Hamilton was on the campus. He was a regular visitor to Rutgers season during the breakout 2006 season.

"I really didn't become a big college football fan until the last two years," he said, "but I did attend a lot of games during the Ray Rice era when then went 11-2. I was a big fan of that area."

Hamilton's dad, Keith, played at Pittsburgh and in the NFL with the New York Giants. And while Pittsburgh extended an offer, it wasn't unit recently the Panthers began showing interest in him.

"Their coaches have reached out to me recently," Hamilton said. "There's no one in the lead. It's more who recruits me the hardest. I'm definitely going to give them a fair look. I don't rule anybody out."

Within the next week, Hamilton is hoping to have his schedule set for spring visits, but there is a lot to sort through and a lot of coaches to speak with about recruiting.

"We all talk, email. I stay in touch with most of them," Hamilton said. "I try to take my coaches' advice. They coach a lot of kids that go to Division I schools. They'll never tell you which school to go to. They'll just give you the best advice they can."

As a junior, Hamilton had 13 ½ sacks and 63 tackles.

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