January 22, 2011

Hamilton ready to compete in 2011

Central Michigan pulled one of their biggest recruiting snags early in the season when Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice linebacker Tim Hsmilton committed to the Chippewas. Hamilton pulled the trigger back in June as he chose CMU over offers from Miami (OH), Western Michigan and Illinois State. Since that point he shut down his recruitment. Had he not, Hamilton likely would have added numerous other offers, especially after he followed up a junior season in which he has 155 tackles with a senior season that saw him tally 99 tackles and 4 sacks.

But with signing day looming, might the 6-foot-2 and 235 pound linebacker and No. 22 ranked player in the state of Michigan look elsewhere if schools come calling?

"I'm 100% committed to Central Michigan," added Hamilton. "I went up for my official visit in early December and I loved it. It was great to hang out with all the guys and I really got along with everyone well. My host was one of my good friends and former teammate in Justin Cherocci."

With Hamilton suiting up in a Chippewa uniform probably a formality at this point, the next question is where and when does he play?

"The coaches told me that I will be starting at the MIKE linebacker position, but they also said either one of the inside linebacker positions is probably where I will line up. Being inside they feel like I can be a good leader and that I have the ability to handle most of the defensive calls. As for playing time, the coaches have told me that I'm physically ready to play, but as far as learning the terminology and intricacies of the game, that's where I'll need to pick things up in order to play as a freshman."

Additionally, since Hamilton committed to CMU over six months ago, he has been able to become familiar with some of CMU's current and potential 2011 commitments.

"I've become really good friends with Jason Wilson," stated Hamilton. "I've talked to Cody Lopez and Anthony Garland a little bit as well.
I've also talked to Thomas Rawls a few times and he told me I was a great player and I said the same thing about him. It would be great if he ended up in a CMU uniform, but he has to make the best choice for him and not anyone else."
Hamilton also had a message to Central Michigan's fans as they look forward to the 2011 season.

"We had kind of a rough year last year and had some close losses, but it's coaches (Dan Enos) second year and you can already see the culture changing. There is a championship culture at CMU and the players are really talented. You know, I would tell CMU fans to sit back and get ready for a championship caliber season and for us to get back to a bowl game."

Hamilton is a three star linebacker and a player Coach Enos and his staff will have a tough time keeping off the field as a freshman.

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