Every college wants to say they have an All-American on their defense. Whoever brings in Georgia Military College safety Jakar Hamilton will have that distinction immediately.
At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Hamilton was the only freshman named a 1st team defensive All-American by the NJCAA. A former Strom Thurmond standout in Johnston, South Carolina, Hamilton had to learn a new position last fall.
"I came into GMC as a wide receiver, weighing 170-pounds. I am now a lot stronger, I can feel the difference and it is like night and day," Hamilton told UGASports on Sunday.
One offer that he coveted before coming to GMC was that of the Gamecocks. After receiving offers from schools like Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky, South Carolina jumped in too. Hamilton says that while he would have jumped on the offer a couple years ago, he is in a different situation now.
"I liked South Carolina coming out of high school, but I did not have a lot of options at the time," Hamilton said. "Now I have more to choose from, and I have Georgia and Alabama on top."
The talented safety ran a 10.3 100 meters recently, and has ran sub 4.4 forty times while training with a speed coach. Hamilton gave his thoughts on the two current leaders.
Alabama: "Alabama has a strong tradition for winning championships. With Coach Nick Saban, I have heard a lot of good things about him. It is not too often the head coach coaches defensive backs too."
Georgia: "Georgia is a big-time program that wins a lot of games every year. Coach (Willie) Martinez and Coach (Mark) Richt are great coaches. Coach Martinez has a great personality and he wants to get to know me as a person, not just as a football player."
The junior college sophomore had 86 tackles and eight interceptions in his first year at safety. Hamilton plans to take some visits in the next few months, and should be ready to decide at the end of summer.
"I have a 3.1 GPA, and I will be a December graduate. The plan is to have a press conference August 1st to announce my decision," he said. "With me only have two years to play, me having a chance to get on the field as soon as possible will weigh in on my decision."
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