MIAMI, Fla. – After committing to FIU this summer, running back Jawon Hamilton is having a huge senior season for South Dade. After six games, the Buccaneers boast an undefeated record and Hamilton has rumbled for the fifth most rushing yards in the state of Florida thus far.
On the recruiting trail, Hamilton, who grades out as a 3-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, says he hears from multiple schools.
“I’m committed to FIU,” Hamilton told Today’s U. “But I’ve been hearing from Florida Atlantic, Syracuse, West Virginia, Central Florida and plenty more.”
With heavy interest coming from other programs, Hamilton says that he committed to FIU in June, a pledge that came with the approval of a very important family member.
“Pretty much they’ve been recruiting me for a very long time now,” Hamilton said. “But they didn’t give me the offer until this year. Actually when I went to schools, my mom took an unofficial visit and I felt like it was a great fit for me. I sat down and talked to my mom and she said nothing bad and was very supportive. I feel like it’s a very good fit for me, but I’m still open to the recruiting process and I look forward to more opportunities with other schools.”
At 5’10” and 185-pounds, Hamilton is the No. 99 running back and the country and will be bringing an impressive combination of physical attributes to FIU next year.
“I’m a mixture of power and speed,” Hamilton said. “I can also block and catch the football. I can change directions and I have all the skills that a back needs.”
While still a firm commit to the Panthers, Hamilton says that he will be taking other visits this season and listed off a couple likely destinations.
“I plan on taking some,” Hamilton said. “Most likely Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic.”
Focusing on Cincinnati, Hamilton has paid attention to the Bearcats’ program for many years and sees this as an opportunity to check out a team that could potentially provide a good fit at the next level.
“I have been watching them play on TV for a very long time and to actually hear from the coaches. I thought it was pretty cool,” Hamilton said. “I’ve been waiting for that opportunity for the longest. I haven’t been offered yet, but it’ll come. I think the offense they have fits my type of running. It fits me and the downhill style I have. I think I would go in and fit right in if I were to go there.”
For Florida Atlantic, Hamilton recognizes the dedication put forth throughout the recruiting process by the coaching staff. As a result, Florida Atlantic should be expecting to host Hamilton on campus sometime this season.
“I’ve been in contact with Florida Atlantic like every other day, back-to-back-to-back,” Hamilton said. “They haven’t let me down, so I’m not going to let them down. I’m going to take the visit and see how everything is.
“They came by the school last week to talk to me, coach Bell and coach Allen. They were saying some pretty good stuff, so I’m letting it all play out.”
If Hamilton were to go to Florida Atlantic, the coaching staff already explained how they would use the 3-star and it would provide a seamless transition from Hamilton’s high school scheme.
“They said they would use me as a running back, but in the kick return and punt return game,” Hamilton said. “They run the same offense I have right now, so they said they will basically have me doing the same thing at our school. The only difference is kick return too, which I have no problem with. I can go out in the slot, too, he said.”
With several schools standing out at this point, Hamilton has a lot to consider. Luckily for the rising senior recruit, Hamilton already knows which factors should play a dominant role in his decision making process.
“First of all is education. I think that plays the most important role. And a great environment. I want a place that fits me and feels comfortable like home. As far as the football team, how much of a role I could play for them and how early I could see playing time.”
Click here to watch Hamilton’s midseason highlight tape.