One of Utah’s biggest gets of the 2016 recruiting cycle came in the summer, when 3 star athlete Davir Hamilton committed to the Utah coaching staff at one of their satellite camps in California. Hamilton was originally offered by Utah as a sophomore in high school, but contact between the two parties dropped off for a while, until the coaching staff ‘re-offered’ Hamilton in January of 2015. Hamilton took an unofficial visit in the spring, and looked like a lock to commit to Utah, until the hometown UCLA Bruins offered him. Things were up in the air for a while after that offer, but Hamilton remained loyal to the Utah coaching staff and pulled the trigger on his commitment just a few weeks later.
Hamilton is one of the best athletes in the 2016 class, as he can line up at multiple spots and be very effective. He spent most of his senior season playing wide receiver, but also lined up at outside linebacker and defensive end. At just over 6’2-200lbs, Hamilton has a long frame and wingspan, but also has enough speed to be a viable receiver on an offense. Despite playing mostly wide receiver, Hamilton’s best film is when he lines up on the defensive side of the ball. He’s aggressive and instinctual, and has a great motor as a defender, and he uses his length to his advantage by getting off of blocks very well.
Not only is Utah getting a good football player in Hamilton, but they are also getting a very natural leader. Hamilton has easily been the most outspoken and supportive Utah commit in this class, and has done his fair share of recruiting and getting to know his fellow commits. As for when he gets to Utah, the coaching staff has told him that they will be giving him both the offensive and defensive playbook, and that he’ll have a shot at playing on both sides of the ball. Though he does have the ability to play wide receiver in college, his ceiling is highest as a outside linebacker, and that is where we eventually expect to see him playing. Hamilton may not find a lot of playing time on either side of the ball in 2016, but he’ll almost for sure be a special teams player, and will likely thrive in that role.