Hamilton could be close to offer

While reviewing video of Camion Patrick, it's hard not to notice Lucas Hamilton.

Playing alongside Patrick, an ESPNU 150 Watch List receiver prospect, can only help Hamilton, who is beginning to show up on coaches' recruiting radars.

This week, Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee State have expressed interest in the 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end from Lenoir City (Tenn.) High School. More could come calling.

“He was one that just hit a growth spurt a little bit late,” Lenoir City head coach Mike Zeller said of Hamilton. “He has great hands. Obviously he's got the size. They're going to be able to put weight on him when he gets to college. He's definitely a prospect. I think as more teams find out about him, more teams are going to call.”

Hamilton actually bested Patrick in receptions and receiving yards last season, likely a byproduct of frequent double-team coverage on Patrick. Still, Hamilton caught 29 passes for 550 yards while Patrick caught 23 for 435 yards.

Hamilton said he'd like to stay in the South but is willing to go wherever he can find an offer.

“That would mean everything,” he said of receiving a scholarship. “That would be great.”

Outside of his usual school workouts, Hamilton has also joined a local training facility to improve his speed and quickness. At the same time, he's trying to round out his game.

“I'd like to show I can block as well as catch,” Hamilton said. “That's been my weak point the past couple of years.”

Academics will matter in Hamilton's decision. He said he'd like to be an engineer after football.

“I'm very fortunate to get that call from Ole Miss because they have a very prestigious engineering school,” he said.

Hamilton is planning a trip to Ole Miss in June and will likely accompany Patrick on one of his many trips to Tennessee's campus.

“I'm glad I can help my teammates out,” Patrick said. “Last week I took a couple of guys with me so they can see what UT looks like. I'm taking more guys to go up there with me.”