The Bulls have a limited number of scholarships for the 2012 class, but make no mistake about it, filling as many needs as possible especially on the D-line isn't just a goal it's a priority.
Coach Holtz and USF took a giant step forward in accomplishing that goal late Tuesday night by securing the commitment of Hamilton. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound monster defensive lineman out of Olympia HS in Orlando, FL is ranked a three-star prospect and listed as the No. 30 OG in the country, but will be coming in as an interior defensive lineman.
"They're bringing me in as a defensive lineman and I'll play both defensive tackle and nose guard," said Hamilton. "I play offense too, but defense is the side of the ball I like."
Hamilton had over 20 offers and considered the Bulls as one of his top choices, but committed to FSU this past summer. USF never stopped recruiting him and with their need for defensive linemen in this year's recruiting class they went after him hard. Hamilton was at the Bulls last home game then returned on Monday with his mother and after finding out everything they needed to and talking with his family made the switch.
"I sat down and talked with my family about it and it seemed like the best thing for me and my family," said Hamilton. "I like the USF coaching staff, the players and I also feel I have a good chance to come in and play early as a true freshman. But being close to home and family was a big part."
The USF coaching staff and what he can learn from them was a big factor as well.
"I really like the coaching staff and have a good relationship with them. They're real good people, all of them, and I feel they're there for me and have my back," said Hamilton. "Coach Todd Fitch, Coach KP (Kevin Patrick), Coach Snyder, all of them. I feel they can help me develop into a great player."
Hamilton has been to Tampa numerous times for practices, visits, attended the SuperBull, been to several games and after seeing it up close knows USF very well.
"The campus is great and big and the facilities are amazing too," said Hamilton. "But everybody has good facilities, it's what you put into it and the people that are arround you that really matters."
USF freshman linebacker Corian Hamilton is James cousin and former teammate that's redshirting this season, and that helped as well.
"Having him there is just a bonus," said Hamilton. "He tells me a lot of good things about the school and the staff and that he likes it"
The Olympia defensive tackle said he had a good conversation with USF freshman DT Elkino Watson that was very beneficial with his decision.
"He told me about the recruiting process and the offers he had," said Hamilton. "He told me why he chose USF over Miami and everything like that, saying I'd have a chance to come in a play and wanted me to line up next to him. He's real cool and talking with him helped a lot."
Hamilton talks about how the commitment went down.
"After we made the decision, I called Coach Fitch and told him I de-committed from Florida State, and wanted to play ball for USF," said Hamilton. "He was very excited, and can't wait to get me in there. He said that him, KP, Coach Snyder and coach Holtz would love to have me there and that they're going to be very happy when he tells them."
Hamilton said he's solid with his decision, is done with recruiting and will only take one official visit and that will be to USF during the season.
"I'm very happy and excited with my decision," said Hamilton. "I'm solid and will only going take one official to USF. It'll be either the Miami game or the West Virginia game I haven't decided yet."
Hamilton was at the Bulls last home where they lost to Cincinnati in the final seconds, but said he enjoyed the game, it was exciting to watch and liked the game atmosphere. Hamilton said the Bulls three losses didn't affect him
"No it didn't affect me at all. It just made me want to go there that much more," said Hamilton. "I believe I can help them in the future."
Here's a look at what does Hamilton bring to the Bulls:Hamilton has monstrous size, but also has really good footwork and the ability to use his size and power in many ways. He'll be able to stuff the run, and with his athleticism can even pressure the QB. In defensive coordinator Mark Snyder's system, Hamilton will be the guy that just clogs up space in the interior, and with his size alone, he'll draw double teams, freeing up the Bulls linebackers and other d-linemen, especially the ends to make big plays. With young players like Ryne Giddins, JuJu Forte, and Elkino Watson, not to mention all the other young d-linemen, the Bulls D-line will be a formidable one for years to come. Click here to share your thoughts with other USF fans!