Hamlette Earns Three Offers

Stafford (Va.) Brooke Point defensive end Isaiah Hamlette holds three offers from ACC schools. Does he have a leader?

At 6-5 and 245 pounds, Isaiah Hamlette runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. His combination of strength, quickness and untapped potential make him an attractive prospect in the Class of 2008. His coach thinks he will be an impact player at the next level.

"Isaiah is such a good athlete, we try to get him involved however possible," said Brooke Point head coach Jeff Berry. "He's only been playing football since he was a freshman, so for a while he's been relying on his athletic ability. Now he's starting to understand the intangibles and nuances of the game and he's become a really, really good player.

"He has great athleticism and his footwork is really good. I don't know what his wingspan is but man, it helps him out a lot on both sides of the ball. When you combine all that you can see why these schools like him."

Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have all offered Hamlette, and the three appear to be in a dead heat at this point.

"When he went to Tech for a camp recently he didn't have an offer," said Berry. "He came out with one and apparently the coaches were just really impressed. Since Tech offered all three of them have recruited him more aggressively. I think he's just weighing his options right now. From what I gather the three of them are pretty even. He likes them equally right now.

" Hamlette plays offensive tackle and defensive line for Brooke Point. With a 7 on 7 passing camp approaching, however, Berry has decided to get him on the field as a tight end to utilize his athleticism. When can we expect a decision?

"I think that's really up in the air at this point," said Berry. "He and I just talked about all this on Monday or Tuesday. If he finds a school he really wants to be at then he'll commit early. He's leaning towards taking his official visits, though. UVA, Tech and Wake are so close in his mind right now, he really wants to have the game day experience at each school, so that's what he'll probably do. He already has a good feel for the academics at each school."

Hamlette, the cousin of Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn, recorded 107 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior at Brooke Point. He also sports offers from Maryland and West Virginia.

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