Hamilton Sets Announcement Date

The night before signing his National Letter of Intent, five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, rated No. 6 in the country, will announce his college choice. With more than 40 scholarship offers, the Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) star is down to three schools and has a television announcement planned the night of Jan. 31.

With Rutgers, Florida and California on the table, five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton will announce his decision Jan. 31 during a live television segment.

Hamilton plans to announce his choice with his family after narrowing down more than 40 offers to the three schools on "A Quick 60," which airs weekly on local high school sports channel MSG Varsity.

"It's really exciting," Hamilton said on making a television announcement. "I've enjoyed everything throughout the whole recruiting process and enjoyed the relationships that I've built. It's going to be a really fun day."

Rutgers, which is a short car ride from his North Jersey home and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), was one of the first schools involved with Hamilton and has the longest standing relationship with him.

"I like Rutgers," Hamilton said. "It's always been right there for me. I like all of the coaches, everybody. I always have a blast when I go down there and I feel like I can come in and fill a whole that they need and I would really look forward to it."

Hamilton's official visit to Rutgers takes place this weekend, where he will go alongside fellow U.S. Army All-Americans Leonte Carroo, Yuri Wright, Chris Muller and Devin Fuller.

"That should be a good time with a lot of other guys going," Hamilton said. "I like all the coaches, the whole system. The 4-3 is a lot like what I run at Bosco and it's right at home."

Hamilton grew up a Florida fan and has always kept the Gators high on his list. Taking an official visit last month, Hamilton said Florida cemented itself as one of his favorite schools.

"I love Florida. It's a beautiful place and I love all the coaches," Hamilton said. "I love all the players. I love their whole scheme. ... I think that's a great defense and I think I fit really well in that defense. I was really happy that I went out there to check it out. It was a great visit."

Also in December, Hamilton officially visit California and enjoyed his trip.

"Cal has a great system over there," Hamilton said, They run a 3-4 defense, but there's a lot of stuff, man-up stuff up front and I really like it. I really like the scheme that they run. It's just very different, but different is not always bad. ... [Defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi] is a great coach. He's had first round, back-to-back NFL draft picks. He's done a great job."

Hamilton picked his announcement date the week after returning from the U.S. Army All-American game. Hamilton was one of four players from his high school, Don Bosco, playing in the game.

"It was great," Hamilton said on his week in Texas. "Being with the Bosco guys and [four-star quarterback] Devin Fuller, we're all just called the Jersey Boys. It was great going down there. It was nice getting to know Devin. I've talked with him before, but I really got to know him down in Texas. He's something special."

Hamilton earned National Player of the Year honors while at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

"It meant a great deal, just to know the players I was up against like Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tracy Howard, kids of that stature that were great players at their high schools," Hamilton said. "It's one of those things that when you first hear it, you're a little shocked but it feels great. It feels great just to bring it back to Jersey."


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