March 22, 2010

Chippewas may have to battle BCS schools for LB Tim Hamilton

Central Michigan established a pipeline into the Birmingham Brother Rice program in 2009 with the addition of linebacker Shamari Benton, and now the Chippewas have their eyes set on another talented linebacker from Brother Rice in 2011 with Tim Hamilton.

Hamilton is a 6-foot-2 and 225 pound linebacker that put up astounding defensive stats last season. Manning the middle linebacker position, he accounted for 155 tackles, 5 passes broken up and two forced fumbles while also playing fullback on offense. Those impressive stats coupled with an impressive highlight tape earned him his first offer from Central Michigan earlier this month.

"I'm real excited," said Hamilton. "They're doing a lot of great things up there at Central and Coach Enos, he's a real nice guy and everything, so I was real excited."

Central Michigan was the first and currently lone offer for Hamilton right now, but he has been drawing interest from other schools across the nation and has a few that have caught his eye.

"Just CMU right now, but I'm interested in Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Syracuse, and there's a couple of others right now" added Hamilton.

Hamilton was able to visit CMU earlier this month during their Junior Day festivities and it was then that he earned his offer. While on his visit he was able to take a tour of the facilities, meet the coaching staff, and capture all the Central Michigan campus had to offer.

"Yup, I went up there for their Junior Day and really enjoyed it" said Hamilton on when he visited CMU.

Despite the possibility of more offers, and possibly BCS offers, Hamilton still maintains that he would seriously consider the Chippewas and respects the fact that they were the first program to offer him

"Yeah, definitely," said Hamilton on whether he would consider CMU if he received BCS offers. "I would for sure."

CMU head coach Dan Enos and Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa have a long standing relationship with each other and it should be noted that both hold each other's opinions in the highest regard. When Fracassa speaks to coaches, they know exactly the type of player they are recruiting, and in this case, it's a very talented linebacker who both thought was good enough for the Central Michigan program.

Even with the relationship between Enos and Fracassa, Hamilton reiterated his preference in Michigan and Michigan State as his "dream schools". While Michigan has yet to show mutual interest in Hamilton, Michigan State has shown him plenty of attention and he recently had a chance to take in the facilities when he attend the Rivals Five Star Academy in East Lansing on Saturday. If Hamilton is to end up in the maroon and gold, it appears Enos will have to go head to head with his former school for his services.

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