Orlando Olympia four-star defensive tackle James Hamilton changed his commitment from Florida State to South Florida on Tuesday.
Hamilton, who is 6-foot-3 and 330-pounds, says it was a decision primarily based on location and opportunity.
“It was really the best move for me and my family,” Hamilton, who ranks as the No. 24 defensive tackle, said. “I wanted to be closer to my mother and my little sister. USF felt like the right place for me.
Hamilton said playing time was also a factor.
“Playing time played a little role in the change,” Hamilton said. “They have a few defensive tackles in the program, but I'm going to be the only one they bring in from this class, and they need another big body.”
Hamilton said he broke the news to the FSU coaches Tuesday, and he is finished with his recruitment.
“The FSU coaches asked me why, and I told them how I felt and that I made up my mind,” Hamilton added.
Hamilton says he has been to USF for a couple of unofficials and plans on taking his official to USF when the Bulls play Miami or West Virginia.
He also will be reunited with his cousin Corian Hamilton, a 2011 graduate from Olympia.
“I went to USF to see Corian a lot, and now we'll be playing together again,” Hamilton. “It's pretty exciting.”