Duo of Hamilton & Jackson

Lynell Hamilton, from Stockton Edison, might be one of the best RBs on the west coast. He and his teammate, wide receiver Ruben Jackson, make a potent pair...

Running back Lynell Hamilton, 6-1, 215 and wide receiver Ruben Jackson 6-0, 185, Stockton (Calif.) Edison, possibly make the most dangerous offensive duo on the west coast. The bond between the two is certainly tighter than most teammates. "Ruben's my boy. He lives with my family," said Hamilton. "He's like my brother."

While the two are very close, college football may very well separate them. "We are both checking out schools, and we may or may not end up playing together in college," Jackson said.

Hamilton may end up the top running back in the west by the time his senior season is over. He has received offers from a number of schools. "Some of the schools I've got offers from are Michigan, Miami, Fresno St., Alabama, Texas A&M."

"I'm hearing the most from the usual like Fresno St., Nebraska, Miami and USC." While Nebraska is one of his longtime favorites he is getting a lot of attention from a Midwest school. "Michigan is recruiting me the hardest right now, but I'm wide open."

In past reports on the Internet, Hamilton expressed an interest in UCLA, but in this instance, didn't mention the Bruins. However, Hamilton is shaping up to be one of the top 2-3 best running backs in California, and possibly on the entire west coast, and could become one of UCLA's targets at running back.

Staying close to home is not a factor for Hamilton. "It doesn't matter to me," he said. He does have one tie to a California school. "My sister goes to Fresno St., but that really won't affect my decision."

Hamilton also looks like he's on the path to qualify academically.

Jackson, who is considered among the top 8-12 receivers on the west coast, is coming off a great junior season where he proved himself to be a gamebreaker. "Right now Oregon, Arizona and Michigan have been sending me the most mail," he said. "I have offers from Miami, Michigan, Maryland, Boise St., Oregon and Cal."

The opportunity to come in and play as a freshman may make Jackson's decision easier. "I'm just trying to go in as a freshman and play. Early playing time is very important to me."

Both players will be at the Nike Camp in Palo Alto, and both intend to camp at Nevada-Reno this summer. Both are looking forward to showing off what they called their sprinter's speed at Stanford.

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