Fifth-year senior Darius Hamilton was an elite Rutgers spokesperson long before he became a three-time Big Ten Media Day participant.
Hamilton never sought out attention as a five-star recruit on the top team in the country but he was well aware of the attention that came with it. A team captain for Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep and the son of a New York Giant, Hamilton put on his recruiting hat early.
“I thought that I had a voice that if I expressed my feelings towards a certain thing then people would understand where I was coming from as opposed to keeping my mouth shut,” Hamilton said. “I wanted people to feel the same way I felt. I wanted to show how passionate I was about this school and I think I got my point across.”
Hamilton and teammate Leonte Carroo teamed up in the final days before their National Signing Day to keep a class together. Before Hamilton publicly committed, he worked behind the scenes as a recruiter.
“I love it,” Hamilton said on representing Rutgers. “There's no place like Jersey, don't let anybody tell you any different. It's a great state to be a part of. We've got the greatest fans. We've got the greatest media. It's just a blessing to be a part of it. …
“Just to be a spokesman for the school and try to get people interested. Obviously the last-minute coaching change was a little scary but we stuck together as a class and managed to pull through.”
“I like to see the kids get special treatment and ride around on the golf carts,” Hamilton said. “It's cool to see. They think they're the man because at that point, I guess you kind of are the man. It's just cool to soak it in and remember those days. I'll offer any piece of advice that I can to them, especially defensive linemen – the kids that are looking at the glitz and the glamour and not really focusing.”
Hamilton's third media day appearance kicks off a last ride at Rutgers before he joins close friend Carroo at the next level.
“It's really flown by,” Hamilton said. “When I get to see so many faces come and go, and I get to see who I'm there with, who I started with, you understand how old you are. I'm only 22. I'm not going to sit here and talk like I'm 25. I'm just really excited about this whole team moving forward.”