On Friday afternoon — just hours after he was named a captain of his high school team — Memphis Whitehaven three-star tight end Cormontae Hamilton announced his commitment to Ohio State.
The Hamilton File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-foot-1, 256 pounds
- Pos: TE
- School: Whitehaven (Memphis, TN)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: 30 (TE)
“I chose [the Buckeyes] because of their dynamic academic program they have for their student-athletes,” Hamilton told Eleven Warriors.
The 6-foot-1, 256-pound Hamilton is considered the 30th-best tight end and No. 718 prospect overall in the Class of 2019. He picked Ohio State over nearly a dozen other offers from program such as Alabama, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Hamilton first came onto the Buckeyes’ radar when he visited Columbus back in April for the annual Spring Game. He didn’t get an offer that weekend, but hoped it would come with a strong camp performance over the summer.
“I enjoyed the trip,” Hamilton said. “Seeing my position being used well and — although it wasn’t a regular-season game — the support people still showed for the Buckeyes [stood out].”
Though he was dealing with a sprained shoulder and had no ride to Columbus, Hamilton hopped on a Greyhound bus by himself in order to attend Friday Night Lights last month. He worked out with offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson and met with head coach Urban Meyer afterward, which is when they extended a scholarship offer.
“It was just an enjoyable, grinding moment. It felt wonderful because this is the offer that I have been wanting,” Hamilton said. “Coach Wilson told me I deserved it because I didn’t give up just because my shoulder was hurting. I kept pushing. Coach Meyer told me he liked my athleticism and the sacrifices I made to make it up there.”
Hamilton shot up the staff’s list of priorities as a result of that weekend, and has remained in constant contact with the staff ever since. That also includes running backs coach and area recruiter Tony Alford and assistant tight ends coach Trey Holtz.
“[They tell me] they would love for me to be a Buckeye and just ask how my mom and I are,” Hamilton said.
Though he was eyeing an official visit for a game later this fall, Hamilton couldn’t quite wait to become a Buckeye and announced his pledge this afternoon.
“I decided now because I didn’t think I should wait any longer to commit if my mom and I were 100 percent down with Ohio State,” Hamilton said. “I wasn’t looking for more schools.”
Hamilton becomes the 15th member off Ohio State's Dynasty '19 recruiting class, joining fellow Tennesseean and four-star linebacker pledge Kane Patterson.