"I want to be on the plane to LA next week," Hamdan said. "UCLA is where I want to be at. If they offer me, I am going to commit. UCLA is where I want to be."
"I saw today that they got a commitment from him (Carpenter), so I don't know if they will offer me now. Coach (Jon) Embree talked to me before the bowl game and said everything was still set, that I would visit out there. I am supposed to go out there on Friday of next week and take my visit. I just want to get on that plane."
Hamdan had a fine senior year, throwing for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, but the scholarship offers he expected to come in, never materalized.
"It's frustrating," Hamdan said. "When a guy like (former Washington Redskins coach Steve) Spurrier watches your film and tells you that a bunch of schools will line up for you, and they never come, it's frustrating. He knows about quarterbacks yet no schools are offering me." The frustrations continued when a slew of quarterbacks ranked below Hamdan were given several offers.
"Coach (Bob) Johnson told me at the Las Vegas (Elite 11) Camp that I was one of the best quarterbacks he had seen this year. I was told I did better than three guys who went to the Elite 11 and I outperformed some guys at the Penn State Nike Camp. Yet they all have scholarships, and I don't. If I had gotten hurt this season, and the offers didn't come, I'd understand, but I had a good year. I understand my height might be part of it. I've just got to hang in there and know things are happening for a reason."
If UCLA doesn't happen, Hamdan said he may also try to walk on somewhere back east, but a walk-on spot, preferred or not, wouldn't be enough to make him come out here.
"If I were to walk on somewhere, it would be in the east. I could walk-on at Maryland or something. But I really want to go to UCLA. And I am just hoping I get to take the trip. It's getting late so I hope if I go they offer. And I'll commit to UCLA."
Hamdan is fully qualified.