Hamilton Discusses Latest Rutgers Visit

Five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton was on campus at Rutgers over the weekend. Come inside to find out what one of the state's top prospects thinks about his recent visit, other planned visits and exactly where Rutgers stands among his top choices.

Two weeks ago, five-star Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive lineman Darius Hamilton named Rutgers his "top choice." After another unofficial visit to Piscataway, this one Saturday, Hamilton reaffirmed his affection for his home-state university during an interview with ScarletReport.com.

"I definitely love Rutgers," Hamilton said. "They're high on my list because of everything about them."

Hamilton did not participate in drills during the Big Man Academy, but spent time with the coaching staff and a pair of former teammates.

"It was a good weekend," Hamilton said. "I got to meet some players that I haven't actually spoken to before.

"It was definitely good hanging with the coaching staff. Obviously, things are great with [defensive backs coach Jeff] Hafley and I talk to [defensive line coach Phil] Galiano a lot. He's cool. I'm tight with all of them though, [offensive coordinator Frank] Cignetti, [receivers coach P.J.] Fleck, everyone."

Hamilton also saw former teammates and close friends Gary Nova and Paul Canevari for the first time since they enrolled at Rutgers last month.

"It was fun seeing them," Hamilton said. "Gary was really tired because he said he'd been up really early working out. Both of them seem like they're molding with the guys really quickly. The thing I notices was how you couldn't tell they were incoming freshmen. They were already a part of the group and really comfortable and mature."

Hamilton also met defensive tackle Scott Vallone for the first time. He said that while visiting practice, he keyed on Vallone because of how good he was and was happy to talk in-person.

"That was fun," Hamilton said. "I watched him a lot at practice and he's a really good player. It was fun getting to know him and just talking football. He loves it at Rutgers."

Hamilton and the rest of Don Bosco will camp at Boston College. He said his only other planned visits before the start of the season are to Florida, California and possibly Oregon.

There is no planned date for any of the three visits, but likely in early July. Hamilton has never been to any of the four schools and said his knowledge of all four is limited to what he hears from their respective coaching staffs.

"I just want to see how I feel at all of these places," he said. "Rutgers is really the only college I've ever spent time at. A big part of my decision will be how I feel with everything at the campus.

"A lot is how the players feel about the place and how I feel about them. These are the guys I'm going to be spending the next four years with. A lot is going to be how I feel."

For now, Hamilton's familiarity with the program, the coaches, the team and the alumni put Rutgers "right around the top" of his list of favorites.

"I like them a lot," he said. "It reminds me of Bosco with the coaches and the attitude. Plus Gary and Paul are loving it. I've met Mike Teel a few times and he is very positive about it all."

The four upcoming visits, however, will decide Hamilton's favorites going into his senior season and his eventual decision.

"I will decide after [the season]," Hamilton said. "I want to stay focused on the now and with my team. I'm focused on these guys because they're like family to me. I have genuine love for them and I want to win with them one more time before I move on to college."

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