Hamilton Working Toward The Future

2017 ASA Miami DE Shamar Hamilton (6-5, 245) had an solid freshman season last fall and he's focused on improving as a player and a person before signing with a four-year school in December...


"Everything I do is focused on getting ready for my future," Hamilton told JCFootball.com. "I also want to help get my teammates recognition because everything we do here is about the team and if you don't have that guy next to you, you aren't going to be as good as you are as a team."

As a freshman last season, Hamilton, who has only played two years of football, totaled 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles-for-loss and one fumble recovery from his defensive end spot.

"I'm strong and I have a good first step, so I can play either side really," Hamilton said. "I like to rush the quarterback, but I also like to stop the run. 

"I just do whatever I can to help my team. If that means taking on blockers so my linebackers can run free, I do it. Whatever my coaches want from me, I want to do that."

With his outstanding length and athleticism to go along with the fact he is just now starting to tap into his potential as a player, one Pac 12 school has already offered and he's heard from his coaches that more could be getting into the mix soon.

"Colorado is my only offer so far, but my coaches said they have had a lot of conversations with other coaches who are interested in me," Hamilton said. "Our coaches are big believers in just letting them worry about recruiting and when things get serious with a school, that's when we should be talking to them. Other than that, they handle a lot of it.

"I'm obviously interested to know what schools are interested, but I am really focused on getting ready for the season and playing the best I can and being the best teammate I can, so I'm not that worried about it right now."

Hamilton prepped at Santaluces High School in Lantana, Florida and he was lightly recruited because of his lack of experience.

"My coach knew the coaching staff here at ASA (Miami) and the coaches here have done a great job of building things up and getting guys ready to play at the next level," Hamilton said.

Hamilton is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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