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5-star DE Hamilton Has Leader in Final Six
Five-star defensive end Darius Hamilton of national power Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) trimmed his extensive offer list to six suitors, but an inability to make summer visits is expected to significantly push back his time frame to make a decision. Hamilton, who is Scout.com's No. 4-ranked defensive end in the 2012 class, is looking at Rutgers, California, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Oregon. And, he has a leader. "Rutgers," said Hamilton, who explained why. "I love the coaches, I love the players, I love the atmosphere. I love the players. They're great with communications (as a major). It's just an all-around place that I love." But Hamilton said there are plenty of reasons the other five made the list as well. "I thought they were the best possibilities for me to succeed, just places I'm excited to visit, and I have a good relationship with all the coaches from the six schools," the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Hamilton said. "It's definitely both (football and academics). I want to a place where I can excel on the field, but also in the classroom. "I do want to study communications in college because I do feel like if something happens where I can't play football, or if I'm lucky enough to play (in the NFL) and (need) something to do after, I still want to talk about the game. It's something that I love." Hamilton was a regular visitor to the Rutgers campus in the spring and summer, but the only other visit he made was to Virginia Tech's spring game. Tentative trips to Florida and California were scrapped because of scheduling issues. "A lot of people ask me how distance is going to do with my decision," Hamilton said. "I don't think it matters. If it's a proper fit for me, I don't think it will matter." Hamilton is yet to set up official visits, and he doesn't plan on taking any during the season. He added the five out-of-state schools are the official visits he wants to make to learn more about those schools. "I told someone I wanted to commit in October, but that was only if I got all my (summer) visits in," he said. "I wasn't able to do that. The season we have coming up is going to be the toughest season yet …hectic. So, it will probably be after the season when I decide."
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