Scoping the Possibilities

After a disappointing junior season derailed because of injury, Strongsville (Ohio) tight end Ray Hamilton is focused on getting his lower body back in form. Even with an off season, college coaches haven't wavered from the upside this tight end possesses.

MADISON – A college atmosphere and community that embraces sports where coaches treat their players well both on and off the field. Those are the expectations that a school has to meet for junior tight end Ray Hamilton. Hamilton is coming off a less than stellar season both personally and overall as a team.

"I played week one then I had to have my knee scoped and was able to come back in four weeks but I had slowed down," Hamilton told Badger Nation. "It was one of our worst seasons, we went from the best team to the worst season."

Now that the season is behind him, Hamilton – a three-star recruit and ranked the sixth-best tight end in the country by - is charging forward and has been active this off-season improving his body and football mind.

"I'm working out and specifically training my lower body," said Hamilton, who finished the season with 22 catches for 300 yards and one touchdown. "The big thing is working on getting torque in my hips and getting back the speed in my game."

Hamilton (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has been working on the mental aspect of the game by watching film both over all game tape and film just showing him. Wanting to improve in every facet of his game, Hamilton wants to become the total package at tight end, and feels he has the intangibles and does the little things that will matter most.

"My knowledge, desire, passion, and leadership and my will to get the job done. It's the small things that great players do that matter," said Hamilton.

Hamilton isn't favoring any schools but he has received offers from Oklahoma, California, Cincinnati, Iowa, Indiana, Rutgers, Boston College, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Wisconsin.

While that's a full menu, Hamilton plans to get to some of those schools for visits.

"I'm definitely visiting Notre Dame and I have tentative visits to Michigan, Pittsburgh, California, Stanford, Iowa and Wisconsin," he said.

Physical. Aggressive. Hardworking. Athletic and Versatile. These are all words that Hamilton feels describe him as a player.

Hamilton has been impressed by Wisconsin and what they offer as a team, especially loving the way the tight end position is used.

"Wisconsin definitely knows how to use a tight end," Hamilton said. "That was the first thing that jumped out at me when I started looking at them as a possible school."

After an extensive talk with Coach DelVaughn Alexander and Coach Joe Rudolph, the Badgers are school that is definitely in his sights, and that he would be able to become an immediate contributor in the Wisconsin offense.

Hamilton's plans for the next few months can be summed up in one word: Visits. When he's not visiting a possible destination, he's focusing on getting ready for his senior season. In terms of commitment Hamilton has no timetable set, taking the time to make the right decision and not wavering from that choice.

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