Davir Hamilton is the latest player that USC is looking at on both sides of the ball. While the majority of his game tape is on the defensive side of the ball, rushing the passer as an outside linebacker, Hamilton has been making a name for himself as a receiver on the 7-on-7 circuits.
While it’s not often that you see a linebacker/receiver combination, Hamilton has the prototypical size for both positions, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 202 pounds. Listed as a three-star outside linebacker, Hamilton said he is hearing from a number of schools, including Pac-12 programs USC, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State.
He already holds of scholarship offers from Oregon State, Utah and Washington State as well as a random collection of Mountain West and WAC programs. In the last two weeks, he’s gained offers from Wyoming, Colorado State and Illinois.
While some schools see him as a receiver, others want to bulk him up and let him loose on the outside edge on defense. Hamilton already is hoping to drop five pounds before getting to work on adding 10 pounds of muscle this summer, but he prefers being on the offensive side of the ball. That doesn’t mean he isn’t willing to consider playing defense. In the right situation, he said he’d have no reservations changing positions and being a defender full time.
“It all depends on what I want to do at the end of the day, but as I progress, there’s different schools recruiting me as a receiver and different schools recruiting me as a linebacker,” Hamilton said. “And there’s some schools that really want the whole package and come check my height and weight and then plan to put me in a position from there.”
With USC, Hamilton is being attacked on both fronts. He said he’s talked to defensive backs coach Keith Heyward the most, but that he’s connected most with wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
“Every time I go there, I’m by [Martin’s] pocket watching the action, watching what routes they’re running/what’s the concept and things like that.”
Hamilton said it doesn’t matter which side of the ball he ends up on if he were to attend USC, but if he had to guess, it would be at receiver because of the bond he’s formed with Martin.
On his unofficial visits to USC, the Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei product gets engrossed in the practices.
“With USC, it’s real competitive. Every time I go to practice, it’s like you’re watching a real game -- just not with the scoreboard, without the tv, just live there. Everybody is competing. Everybody wants to be the better person.”
Hamilton said he hasn’t heard from UCLA much, but that the Bruins occasionally reach out or send him a message. He had to cancel an unofficial visit to Westwood last week because he fell ill, but said he was hoping to get there for spring practice this week.
Regardless of the schools looking at him or what position they want him to play, Hamilton wants to take his time with his decision and plans to go through the entire recruiting process.
“I want to sit down a week before signing day — after I take all of my trips — I just want to sit down with my family and we talk this over and we all figure out the best situation for me.”