Hamilton Looking At Three

Coffeyville C.C. defensive end Timmy Hamilton is one of the top prospects at the junior college level, and has narrowed his focus to three schools.

One of the standouts at last night's junior college scrimmage was Coffeyville C.C. defensive end Timmy Hamilton. He's one of the better looking prospects in the region on the hoof, and is elite in the area of getting after the quarterback.

He discussed his game and what he would like to improve upon, still.

"I like my pass rushing right now," Hamilton said. "That's the one thing I focused on in the Spring. It's what I'm best at. I want to improve my get-off at the line of scrimmage. I want to work on getting my eyes right, and have the vision to get where I need to be at all times and see the play unfold in front of me."

Three programs are standing out to Hamilton, and that's where he has narrowed his focus in regards to his recruitment.

"Arizona is still my top school," he admitted. "Illinois and Iowa State are still in the mix, too. It's getting closer and closer between those three schools. Illinois has really turned the heat up and recruiting me harder than anyone. Iowa State is creeping up, too, and Arizona has slacked off some. The gap is narrowing."

The Cyclones present an interesting dilemma to Hamilton, as he knows playing time could be tougher to come by in Ames.

"I'm still weary about the situation at Iowa State," he pointed out. "I'm not sure if it would be the best situation for me since they brought in two junior college linemen last year. Then again, I'm not afraid of competition, either. It would be a great time if Iowa State is where I chose to go."

"Coach Rhoads has been a big influence and very truthful with me," Hamilton added. "He said I could come in and play right away and I trust him on that. He's probably my favorite head coach out of who's recruiting me. I just have to focus on my future."

The Illini's pursuit of Hamilton has intensified quite a bit, recently.

"Illinois is really starting to come on," he shared. "They're sending me messages and communicating with me daily. They want me bad and I'm a huge priority for them. I like that they graduate a lot of defensive linemen. They have a defensive end they brought in during the Spring, but other than it's just high school guys. I could come in and play right away there and that's a big thing for me."

He discussed why Arizona is still at the top for him despite communication not being as frequent as with the others.

"They graduated a lot of players at my position, and also brought in a few junior college players, too," Hamilton explained. "It's just a nice school from what I've seen. It's a winning program and I think there's a strong chance to make a big bowl game there. I am not afraid to go out west, and I don't have a problem with traveling at all."

He and his teammate Bobby Leath are both being sought after by similar programs in Iowa State and Illinois. Hamilton discussed the likelihood of the duo remaining intact at the next level.

"We're definitely being lured in by similar programs," he noted about Leath and himself. "We've talked about it every other day. We discuss it and are open to it, and we get excited about it. At the same time, we know we have to do what's best for ourselves."

The picture is beginning to become more clear on where and when Hamilton will take his official visits.

"I don't have any visit dates set right now," he told Scout. "I will get two in between November 22 and November 28. Iowa State and Illinois will be ones for sure."

"I'm hoping for more schools to come in with an offer," Hamilton continued. "One that I'm looking for in particular is Arkansas."

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