Hamilton Details Visit, Announcement Plans

RAMSEY, N.J. — New Jersey's top prospect and one of the top defensive linemen in the nation, Darius Hamilton, has his top five with a decision date set. After leading Scout.com's No. 1 ranked high school team, Don Bosco Prep, to a 35-0 victory Saturday, Hamilton discussed the details for his decision and plans for official visits.

RAMSEY, N.J. — Five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton named Rutgers his leader four months ago and that has not changed.

Narrowed down to five schools with a decision date in mind, other schools will have to win over Hamilton on his official visits to subvert Rutgers.

"Rutgers is the only school I truly know and I love it there," Hamilton said after Don Bosco Prep's 35-0 win over Ridgewood. "I still haven't really been anywhere else though. I still have more learning to do before I can make the best educated decision. The official visits will be my chance."

None of Hamilton's official visits are set in stone, but he has a top five of Oregon, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Rutgers with California still somewhat involved. For Hamilton, he expects the first visit to be the weekend of Oct. 14 when his high school team is off.

"I'll probably be taking an official in the bye week," Hamilton said. "I haven't set one yet, but [head coach Greg Toal] will let me do one during our season and the rest will have to be after."

Hamilton told Scout.com earlier in the month that he will announce his college choice Dec. 23, but felt ready on Saturday to announce the details on his plans for the day.

The decision between Hamilton's final list of schools will be announced live on MSG Varsity, a high-school sports channel in the New York/New Jersey area, with host Mike Quick.

"It's Dec. 23 and I can't wait," Hamilton said.

After initially not planning an official visit to Rutgers, Hamilton said he is reconsidering that decision.

"I'm definitely still thinking about it," Hamilton said. "I know the program so well and really love it there. Rutgers will always have a place in my heart, even if it ends up not being the choice I make. ... But I've heard from some people the official [visit] is so much different and definitely worth taking."

Since starting his senior year at Don Bosco, Hamilton has been to Rutgers twice, seeing the Scarlet Knights defeat both North Carolina Central and Ohio with teammate and verbal commit Leonte Carroo.

Former Bosco starting quarterback Gary Nova and running back Paul Canevari are both in the true freshman seasons at Rutgers. Against N.C. Central, Hamilton saw his close friend Nova throw his first career touchdown.

"It was a surreal experience to watch," Hamilton said. "I've always loved going to Rutgers games, but it's different with Gary now. I never thought I would get to see him play because he was going to Pittsburgh, but now I get the chance to see him live his dream and maybe be a part of it."

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