The Opening: Damar Hamlin Evaluation

Jul. 15 -- Scout breaks down the play of uncommitted four-star cornerback Damar Hamlin at The Opening...

Damar Hamlin, an uncommitted Scout 300 cornerback from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, was impressive in coverage, particularly man-to-man.

Even when he lost a step on a receiver coming out of a break, he showed the ability to drive on the ball and close the space and make the play.

Hamlin was low and smooth in his backpedal, and he was able to turn his hips fluidly and run down the field. In zone coverage, Hamlin read the play in front of him and broke on the ball well. His acceleration and understanding are positives.

The biggest area of improvement for Hamlin is upper body strength. He is physical and plays with attitude and adding upper body strength will allow him to be more effective with jams at the line of scrimmage.

In recruiting, Hamlin remains open and has close to a dozen schools still under consideration. He speaks the most with Pittsburgh, Penn State and Ohio State, but there are still plenty of schools on his radar.

Hamlin said he will be at Penn State on July 18 and he is planning a trip to Ohio State later in the month. He said he will to make official visits to UCLA and Miami and is also considering Stanford, Clemson, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn.

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