Hamilton Has Options

Posted Nov 21, 2008

The Tartars of Taylorsville earned a berth in the 2A state title game, but came up a few plays short of bringing home the golden ball. One of the key contributors on both sides of the ball is the versatile Billy Hamilton.

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Hamilton was recently named to the 37 man roster for his home state in the annual border war with Alabama in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

The three sport super star was humbled by his selection.

"It means a lot for my team and my school," said Billy. "There have only been a few players from my school to ever make it, so it feels good to be one of them."

The south Mississippi speedster believes the Magnolia Staters have a good chance of building on last year's blowout win over their Alabama counterparts.

"We are going to have a great team," said Hamilton. "We have a great quarterback (Tyler Russell) that can get the ball to the receivers. Every time I read the paper he's doing something big and putting up some big numbers."

Billy has put up some big numbers himself. The multi-sport talent is projected to be drafted around the fifth round of the major league baseball draft.

At this time, Hamilton and his family are leaning towards him spending some time at the college level before making the jump to MLB.

"I have offers from Jackson State, Jacksonville State and South Alabama," said Billy. "Ole Miss just called me. USM has called me. Mississippi State was showing some interest in me earlier this year about playing baseball.

"I am planning on going to college and playing as many sports as I can, so I have more options after college. I have worked on my grades and I am going to quailify now. People are starting to take notice now."

This Friday night Hamilton will be under the watchful eye of the Forest High School coaches as the 2A state playoffs continue.

"We play Forest this week," said Billy. "It's going to be a tough game, but if we play like we've been playing we should be okay."

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