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James Hamilton, the 6-foot-4, 335-pound offensive guard from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., already has about a dozen scholarship offers, but thinks he'll have even more if he drops some weight. "I think if I get down to around 320-pounds I'll have more offers," Hamilton said. "I've talked to Florida, Miami, Georgia, Notre Dame, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina and they all want to see me at 320. It seems like most of the SEC schools are saying that." And the SEC is where Hamilton would like to be. "That's a great conference," he said. "I really want to play in the SEC." But so far, no SEC school has offered him. He does have offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Purdue, Illinois, Syracuse, South Florida, Michigan State and Western Kentucky, while still denying a favorite. "I really don't know much about A&M yet, so I need to check them out," Hamilton said. "I'm also learning more about Michigan State too and I've never been up there. "I know they are a top program in the Big Ten and I love how they play," he said about the Spartans. "Michigan State is very aggressive and said they need an aggressive lineman like me. They think I could play early." Growing up Hamilton says he followed Miami. "Ever since I was a little boy I loved Miami," he said. "That's the one team that my whole family would watch. I loved how they went after it and played with swag." He has already attended a ‘Canes Junior Day. In fact, he's also been to junior days at South Florida and Georgia as well. The Bulls are about 45 minutes from his house, but he says that distance will not be a factor in his decision. "That program is coming up," he said about South Florida. "Georgia is a really nice place too," he said. "I really liked their facilities." Hamilton says he plans on visiting the Bulldogs again during his spring break. "It starts on March 25 and that week I'm gonna try and visit some schools," he said. "I know I'll go to Florida and Georgia and I'll try to get to LSU too." Although he isn't sure about which summer camps he's going to attend, he says he'll definitely go to a few. "I'll try to get to about four or five of them," he said. "When I have my top five, those are the ones I'll go to." Hamilton says he does not have a timeframe for making a decision, but it will be before January because he plans on graduating early. "I want to go through the spring and summer and get ready for my season," he said. "I don't really know when I'll commit…it could be sometime this summer or during my season or it might even be in December." While he might not know when he's going to decide, Hamilton knows what he wants from a program. "I want to have great coaches and where they'll help me get to the next level and be a great player," he said. "But I also want them to help me be a better man too." Hamilton benches 375-pounds and has a 28-inch vertical jump. "I'm a big guy and have quick feet for my size," he said. "I'm the perfect inside guy. I'm aggressive, fast and just try to get to where the ball is at all times. "But I want to improve my movement and be more explosive," he said. "That's why I'm working on getting my weight down." Hamilton said he hopes to major in chemical engineering and reports a 2.7 core GPA and 18 ACT and 870 SAT. He is retaking the ACT next month.
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