Hamilton Names Final Six, Decision Date

Five-star defensive end Darius Hamilton is down to six schools and has a tentative announcement date set. The Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) standout told ScarletReport.com the six schools still in consideration, planned visits and some details on his decision. Hamilton went in-depth on what he hopes will be a low-key announcement with his teammates.

Darius Hamilton may be the No. 4 defensive end in the country according to Scout.com, but on Oct. 6, he does not want to be treated that way. Hamilton, who tentatively scheduled Oct. 6 for his decision, just wants to put recruiting behind him.

"I just want to be done with the process," Hamilton said. "I've never been a guy that dreamed about putting on a hat at an all-star game or anything like that. My dream comes after when I'm actually playing in college and picking the place where I'll spend the next four years of my life."

Hamilton initially expressed interest in committing after his senior year at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), but changed his mind to expedite the end of the process.

"I want to decide around October," Hamilton said. "The date I'm looking at is October 6. That was my aunt's birthday and she passed away when I was a kid. She was special to me and I think it's a good way to honor her memory."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end named Rutgers his "top choice" earlier in the summer and is now cut down to six schools, he said.

Rutgers, Florida, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Alabama are still in consideration.

"I'm narrowed down to five or six and I'm not going to look outside that," Hamilton said. "Rutgers is really the only school I've ever been to. I need to get a more whole perspective on the other schools by visiting them. I'm trying to find my new home and the visits are huge for me."

Hamilton will be on the west coast from July 17-23 where he will visit California and Oregon. After those visits, Hamilton will take an unofficial visit to Florida and hopes to also see Tennessee before the season starts.

Once Don Bosco gets close to the start of its season, Hamilton is done with visits, he said.

"[Everyone] knows that the most important thing to me is winning with my teammates and getting another ring," Hamilton said. "I don't want any distractions from recruiting. I mean, Bosco is Bosco, we want to be winners."

Hamilton has no details of his decision planned out yet, he said, but he thinks he will commit alongside teammate Mike Strizak. Strizak, a three-star linebacker, recently told ScarletReport.com that he will decide between Rutgers, Connecticut and Boston College.

Rutgers is in the best position for Hamilton, who said his best relationships are with head coach Greg Schiano and assistant Jeff Hafley. Hamilton is also close with Rutgers true freshmen and former Bosco stars Gary Nova and Paul Canevari.

"I love Rutgers to death even if it's where I don't end up," Hamilton said. "Rutgers is always the same. It's a great, home atmosphere. It reminds me of Bosco. My opinion of them is very high and that won't change."

In other Don Bosco news, wide receiver Leonte Carroo will decide Aug. 6 and defensive backs Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright are unlikely to announce until after the season.

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