Q&A with Keith "the Hammer" Hamilton

WOODBURY, N.Y. — Keith "the Hammer" Hamilton played in a Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and 173 games for the New York Giants over the span of a decade. But Tuesday night at MSG Varsity Studios, he was simply a proud father watching his son, five-star defensive end Darius Hamilton, verbally commit to Rutgers.

ScarletReport.com: How happy are you to watch your son go through this process and decide to stay close to home?

Keith Hamilton: I would have been happy with wherever he chose, but like he said [on TV], his heart was always at Rutgers. That's what matters to me, so I'm thrilled from that respect.

SR: I take it your commitment to Pittsburgh was a little more low-key than this?

KH: Most definitely. I don't even really remember it that much. This one definitely tops it.

SR: From the perspective of a guy that did it in the NFL, what is Rutgers getting in Darius Hamilton?

KH: You're getting a great, great leader. You're getting a guy that does the right thing on and off the field. He's going to go 100 percent every day, because that's the only way he knows how to do it. As a coach. that's probably all that you can ask for.

SR: How much do you think having you around to discipline him at a young age on his technique helped him develop as a top recruit?

KH: I've always been around to help, but he is a very hard worker. His technique is something he works on very hard. He's just one special player. That's all I can say.

SR: What was your advice for Darius when Greg Schiano left last week?

KH: Coaches come and go, that's just the nature of the business. I understand that as much as anyone and I wanted to make sure Darius understood that as well. Coach Schiano did what he thought was best for his family. Darius had to make the decision that he thought was going to be best for him. He's staying at home and I'm happy.

SR: What do you think of Kyle Flood?

KH: I really don't know him that much except that he recruited Darius some before [assistant Jeff Hafley] got there. I know they have a good group of coaches down at Rutgers. He's very well respected from what I gathered, and Darius trusts that he'll do a good job."

SR: How well do you know his future position coach, Phil Galiano?

KH: I'm still in the process of getting to know all the guys, but I know Galiano does a good job with what they have now. I think they have a great nucleus down there. They did well on the line last year, so that speaks very highly for him. I'm looking forward to big things. I know they're getting one heck of a player right now.

SR: What do you think it means for Darius to get to play with friends like Gary Nova and Leonte Carroo?

KH: I think that's something special. They're all good friends. He knows what that guy next to him is going to give. I think that can help him on the field, and obviously he'll be happy to go to college with some of his friends.

SH: Is he ready to play college football right away?

KH: Darius is going to have to earn a spot. I'm not going to speculate on what he can do early. I'll leave that to the coaches. All I can say is he's coming in there and he's going to play some ball.

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