August 17, 2010

2011 LB commit Tim Hamilton talks upcoming season

Birmingham Brother Rice (MI) linebacker Tim Hamilton committed to Central Michigan back in June after a stellar junior season that saw him register 155 tackles. He is currently a three star prospect, ranked as the No. 21 player in the state of Michigan, and was named as a member of the preseason Team Michigan, an all-state team selected by Needless to say, Hamilton was a big time get for CMU and we recently caught up with him for an update.

Hamilton was the third player to commit to CMU in 2011 and it was the connection with the coaching staff that made his decision easy.

"Yeah, basically it was the coaching staff," said Hamilton. "I really like Coach (Dan) Enos and the type of person he is, and then Central Michigan is a program on the rise and I really like the direction they are heading."

Hamilton chose CMU over offers from Illinois State, Miami (OH) and Western Michigan, and he will join current Chippewas , [db]Juston Cherocci and Matt Maletzke as Brother Rice players at CMU. In fact, with Enos's strong connection to BBR and his relationship with the program, a strong pipeline may be created.

"Oh yeah, there is definitely a pipeline," laughed Hamilton. "I know we have some guys there already and it's something that is talked about."

Ad while there were some rumors that Hamiton could play along the defensive line as a pass rusher, it appears he will be joining Benton and Cherocci at linebacker. While he is listed in the database at 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds, Hamiton reports that he is no longer going to remain the classic inside thumper and has shed some weight to improve his speed.

"Coach Enos and Coach (Kyle) Nystrom both recruited me at linebacker, and I think I'll be playing the MIKE position," added Hamilton. "I'm really strong at the point of attach and I know how to shed blocks and attack the ball carrier, but I've also lost some weight in the offseason and I've gotten a lot faster. I'm now 6-foot-2 and about 230 pounds."

As one of the first players in the state of Michigan to make a college choice, Hamilton has not had a lot of time to interact with the other CMU commits.

"No, not really," added Hamilton on whether he has had a chance to talk to other 2011 commits. "I really hope to at some point, hopefully when I come up for a visit or a game I will be able to meet some of the guys."

In the meantime, Hamilton has been focused on his senior season and leading BBR to a state championship.

"We're definitely looking really good," said Hamilton. "Of course we always have stuff we need to work on, but we added a new strength and conditioning program this summer and our coaches are working really hard. And we have a lot of college players, and a lot of future college players on our team, so the coaches have set the bar really high and our main goal is to win a state championship."

A major obstacle for BBR this season will be a tough schedule. For fans of high school football in the state of Michigan, Week 7 pits Brother Rice vs. Detroit Catholic Central in a rivalry game that has even more juice this year. The game will be played at Wayne State University in honor of the 50th Anniversary between the two programs, and you would be hard pressed to find a better game this fall.

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