Hamilton signs with UTEP

One of the biggest wideouts in the JUCO ranks, Pasadena WR Ian Hamilton (6-5, 218), informed JCFootball.com that he has decided to sign with UTEP after receiving an offer earlier this week. The talented wideout could have returned this fall and earned quite a few more offers, but the opportunity with the Miners was too good to pass up...

"I've decided to sign with UTEP," an excited Hamilton told JCFootball.com. "It was just the right situation for me. I had the offer from them for next year, but then after spring ball they decided they needed more help at wide receiver, so they said my offer was good for this year and I just felt like it wasn't worth waiting on. I wanted to be there and it worked out the best for me to sign with them."

Hamilton prepped at St. Francis High School in La Canada, California and was a full-qualifier but he didn't get a lot in the way of attention so he opted for the JUCO route in order to garner opportunities to play at the next level.

"I got a late offer from Sacramento State and then when I finally got my test scores, they had moved on," Hamilton told JCFootball.com recently. "I decided to come here to Pasadena to play because of the competition level we face and I liked the coaches a lot."

As a freshman during the 2011 season, Hamilton used his big frame, soft hands and underrated speed to haul in 31 receptions for 517 yards -- a 16.7 yard per reception average -- and two touchdowns.

While those are solid numbers, he admits he could have done better and that he hopes for an even better.

"I was Second Team All-Conference after the season, but I want to do better," Hamilton admitted. "I consider myself to be a good blocker, but I can go down the field and go get the ball. I also love to be physical with the guys I'm lined up against.

"This year I'm working on getting stronger, but also on my route-running and getting more precise. I want to get in and out of my breaks quick and be a real redzone option for our quarterbacks."

Hamilton will enroll at UTEP next week and he will have four years to play three once he steps on campus.

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