The USF class of 2011 has arrived on campus and USFNation had a chance to catch up with the incoming signees and their plans since National Signing Day. In our last entry we spoke with Lake Region offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak. In this entry we spoke with Olympia High School outside linebacker Corian Hamilton. Hamilton was a two-time All-Central Florida and All-County performer, tallying 269 tackles, nine sacks and 24 INTs during his three seasons. He was named second-team all-Central Florida and first-team All-Orange County as a senior. He also won the "True Titan" Award by posting 105 tackles, seven sacks and six INTs.
How has your summer been going so far?
It's been going good. I've just been working out, training and trying to get ready for the season. I've been packing up and trying to get ready for college.
Have you been using the USF workout plan?
Yes, I started off with that and then I went with my trainer Coach Allen and started doing what he was doing. I haven't pushed myself over the limit like I will when I get there but I was trying to see how it would it be like.
What's your current height and weight?
Last time I checked, I was 6'2" 225 lbs. [Last season] I played at like 223 lbs but I got up to 227-228 lbs. I feel like I've gotten a little bigger.
What were some of the reasons you chose USF?
I chose USF because of the fact that it's close to home and also the coaches. When they came to my house they made me feel comfortable. I also fell in love with Tampa; so I was like this is going to be where I want spend my next four years. They have a great institution as a school and they have a better program and I wanted to go somewhere where I can make a name for myself quick.
How exciting is it that you will be finally be enrolling?
I'm just sitting here waiting and ready to get down there.
What are your immediate goals once you step on campus?
First, I want to get the feel and the vibe of what it's like being a Bull. Then I'm going to make a name for myself. I want to let people know that this kid is here to play big and try to get some playing time as a true freshman.
What position did the Bulls recruit you for?
As a defensive player when you get to the line of scrimmage is there specific type of offense you like to see?
I like seeing the spread because I get to guard somebody one on one and give him a little pressure and stuff like that.
What's your favorite play to run on defense?
I would say me blitzing on any play.
What are some of your strengths as a player?
People say I have good instincts and a good football IQ. I also have a reputation of being a ball-hawk. At USF though, it's going to change a bit because I'm playing linebacker now but I'm going to use it to my advantage. I played safety but now I'm going to be closer to the ball and I'll be able to read the quarterback and make plays on the ball and make an impact.
What are some of the things you feel you need to improve on?
I need to get stronger; I know that for a fact. One of my weakest points is being flexible. I'm not flexible at all and would say my footwork needs to get better.
Is there a player at the college or pro level that you try to model your game after?
I would say Sean Taylor. He's my favorite football player growing up but he passed away.
What does Corian Hamilton bring to USF as a football player?
I would say intensity; I'm going to be a better football player than I was coming in when I play for the Bulls. I'm going to be a handful basically on the football field.
Is there a message you want to give to the USF fans for this upcoming season?
Yeah, just get ready to win a Big East Championship this year and I'm ready to Rock and Roll!
Stay tuned with USFNation.com for more interviews of the USF class of 2011.