"Yes sir, I committed to USF, and I'm very excited about it," said Corian Hamilton, "I chose USF because they've been my top choice for some time now, I think that they are a great fit for me and that I can make an impact."
Hamilton visited USF this weekend, and received an in-home visit on Monday from two USF coaches, including defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.
"Coach Snyder told me that I can make an early impact at USF," said Corian. "They're losing several guys at the position, and I can come in and compete for early playing time. They also told me what I have to do to succeed and keeping up with my academics, stuff like that."
Hamilton has been high on the Bulls for awhile, but didn't know that he was going to commit until the in-home visit.
"No sir, I didn't," said Hamilton. "We were sitting there talking about the university, and they called my mom and dad in to the kitchen. My dad was saying how they were very high on my list, and the coach said it would be a great Christmas present if I committed, and my dad asked if I was ready to commit right now? I said yes, I'm ready to be a Bull."
"The coaches started clapping, got up gave me a hug, and my parents a hug," said Corian. "They said you just gave us the best early Christmas present, and now they can relax a bit, because they've wanted my commitment."
The 3-star prospect is ranked as the No. 68 safety in the country by Scout.com finishing the season with over 100 tackles and five interceptions, but isn't being recruited to play safety at USF.
"I'm coming in as a weak side linebacker," said Hamilton. "I'm going to love it. I'll be closer to the ball, and will be able to make more plays. I should've played linebacker this year, but they needed me to do other things I think I'll excel being closer to the point of impact."
The standout defensive prospect talks about what he likes about USF.
"I like USF, love the coaches, and I like how they play defense," said Hamilton. "They're an up-an-rising program, with big things in store. They're also close to home, and my parents and friends can come see me play."
Hamilton took an un-official visit to USF this past weekend for the UCONN game and had a great experience.
"The weekend was a lot of fun, saw the stadium for the first time, and I met a lot of fans," said Hamilton. "It was a good game, I felt they should have won. When it was tied at the end, they should have picked the ball off, but from what I see they'll be real strong next year."
"The defense played great the whole game," said Corian. "They held them to 19 points, which I think was the third highest a team scored against them, and seven of that was on a pick six. They held them to just four field goals on offense, and two of them were over 50 yards. That's a lights out performance. They been playing that way all year."
Corian gave his commitment to Coach Snyder, but wasn't able to talk to head Coach Skip Holtz until later, and said coach couldn't have been happier.
"Coach Holtz was very excited," said Hamilton. "He told me how happy he was that I was coming to USF, and that I gave him an early Christmas present. He was excited about what I bring to the team, and said the whole staff was fired up."
"I love the coaches over at USF," said Hamilton. "Coach Holtz, Coach Snyder are great coaches, and they really seem like they care, and are in it for the long run."
Hamilton says he carries a 2.8 core GPA and a 19 ACT, and is already qualified. Now that his decision is made he can focus on other things.
"I'm excited and relieved, so are my parents" said Hamilton. "Now I can focus on my school year and basketball. Then I'll be heading to USF to start my college career. I'm real happy."
Corian said he'll take his official visit to USF in January, and is done with his recruitment.
"I'm done with recruiting," said Hamilton. "I'm 100 percent a Bull, and couldn't be any happier!"