Five-Star DL Hamilton Delays Decision Date

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. -- Five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton toyed with the idea of an Oct. 6 announcement date, but that is no longer the case. The Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) star explained the reasons for pushing back his decision, his final five schools and when he expects to announce.

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. -- When you're the star player of the No. 1 high-school squad in the country, the team comes first.

For five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, representing Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and fighting for another state championship trumps the recruiting process. Hamilton did not want to miss preseason work for visits, so he will no longer announce on Oct. 6 and will wait until after the season.

"There isn't time for me to take my visits before October," Hamilton said yesterday at a team scrimmage against St. Josephs Prep (Philadelphia). "My team and my school come first and that's my focus right now."

Hamilton said he will take official visits to Tennessee, California, Florida and Oregon after the season and announce his choice between those four schools and Rutgers.

Rutgers, Hamilton's leader, may also host Hamilton on an official visit, but the 6-foot-4, 245-pound lineman said he is undecided.

"There's not much right now in recruiting," Hamilton said. "It's just practice and Bosco stuff now. After the season is when I'll worry about it, but I have to get my visits in."

Rutgers became Hamilton's leader after a series of visits as a sophomore and junior. Now a senior, he said he knows Rutgers more than any other school and is comfortable with the program.

"Rutgers is a family atmosphere and it's a lot like Bosco," Hamilton said. "I never get tired of saying it. There are great coaches that I like being around and could see myself spending the next four years of my life there. I'll have a chance to compete. They have a great class this year."

Hamilton's decision will come sometime in January at a private ceremony in his home.

Until then, Hamilton will try to keep Don Bosco as the top-rated school in the country. He and his teammates started the year off right yesterday by demolishing St. Joseph's 44-7. Hamilton logged five tackles, four quarterback hurries, three TFLs and a sack.

St. Joseph's only score came on a screen play as time expired in the first half. Penn State quarterback commit Skyler Mornhinweg threw the pass.

"It was a great feeling for us to get back out on the field because the pressure is on," Hamilton said. "We have some minor things that we definitely have to fix before our first game. I think we have a lot of potential, but potential can go two ways. We can be busts or we can be stars. I think we're on the road to becoming stars, but we have to keep working."

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