HOOVER, Ala. -- Early on, Auburn and Clemson stand out for 2014 linebacker Shaun Hamilton, but an offer from Alabama would put the Crimson Tide in the same company for the Montgomery, Ala., native. He thinks it might be coming soon.
“I went to there camp, and Coach [Kirby] Smart told me they would probably offer me by the end of the summer or after the season,” Hamilton said.
“Alabama is a great school. They have a great coaching staff. Coach Smart, he’s a football guru, and I really could see myself playing for him. Coach [Nick] Saban has a great defense, and they put players in the league.”
In addition to Auburn and Clemson, Hamilton has scholarship offers from Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss and Tennessee, but it’s the Tigers teams that have the early advantage. He visited both campuses this month.
“Auburn, they have a great school, and I really like Coach [Gene] Chizik. He has a great program,” Hamilton said. “At Clemson, there’s a different atmosphere, and Coach [Dabo] Swinney and Coach [Brent] Venables have some great vibes. I could really see myself playing for them one day.”
Hamilton says he might visit Tennessee next week, and he also thinks LSU might be close to offering him as well.
The 6-foot-1, 224-pound linebacker is one of the top players in the state for 2014, but he’s not alone. Top prospects like Ronnie Clark, Marlon Humphrey, Bo Scarbrough, Racean Thomas and Tre Williams make up what could be a special junior class in the state of Alabama.
Hamilton says he’s already been talking to a couple of those guys about the opportunity to play together at the same school.
“Ronnie Clark, Tre Williams, all of us are good friends,” Hamilton said. “All of us have offers from Auburn, and all of us have offers from Clemson. Either school that I’m feeling, I’m going to try and recruit both of them to come to the same school.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to either end up playing together or we’re going to all end up at rival schools.”
Clark and Williams each have an offer from the Tide as well, and if Alabama offers Hamilton, it could be a potential destination for the trio. Hamilton plans to wait until after his junior season before making a decision.