Orlando DT Hamilton switches from FSU to USF
Even with all the adversity facing USF's football program right now, the Bulls have been able to pull off a solid in-state recruiting coup, getting Orlando Olympia defensive tackle James Hamilton to back out of a commitment to FSU and commit to play at USF next season.
Hamilton, a 6-foot-3, 335-pound lineman rated as a four-star recruit and the state's No. 52 overall prospect by ESPN, committed to USF on Tuesday night, becoming the first defensive tackle in the Bulls' incoming class. He is a cousin of current USF freshman linebacker Corian Hamilton (also from Olympia), and would have gone to high school with another Bulls freshman, defensive tackle Marquis White.
Hamilton, who has been recruited by some schools as an offensive guard, is the fourth USF commitment ranked in ESPN's top 100 for the state of Florida, joining tight end Sean Price (No. 36), cornerback Chris Bivins (47) and quarterback Tyler Cameron (73). The Orlando Sentinel also ranks Hamilton as the No. 52 prospect in the state -- their top 100 has Cameron at 18 and Price at 36.