The future stars of Ohio State football officially begin their college careers, as standouts from all over the country put pens to their National Letters of Intent.
Cormontae Hamilton had a sprained AC joint and lived two states away, but that didn't stop him from traveling to a camp to earn an offer from Ohio State.
The Hamilton File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-foot-2, 263 pounds
- Pos: TE
- School: Whitehaven (Memphis, TN)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: 29 (TE)
The three-star tight end took a Greyhound bus from his home state of Tennessee to Columbus to take part in Friday Night Lights in June. Hamilton earned the offer on the visit and committed to Ohio State just five days later.
“I chose [the Buckeyes] because of their dynamic academic program they have for their student-athletes,” Hamilton told Eleven Warriors at the time.
His trip to Columbus in June paid off.
“It was just an enjoyable, grinding moment. It felt wonderful because this is the offer that I have been wanting,” Hamilton told Eleven Warriors after receiving the offer from Ohio State. “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.”
THIS IS DEDICATION.
Last month '19 3* TE Cormontae Hamilton (@Cbvndzzz) took a greyhound bus solo to Columbus, OH (24hr round trip) to make it to Ohio State's camp.
He left with an offer. He committed yesterday. Hamilton on his journey/why he wanted to be a Buckeye: pic.twitter.com/Z6rpC5wgwU
— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) July 28, 2018
Hamilton made the process official when he signed him National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the Early Signing Period. he is the No. 691 overall prospect and the 29th-ranked tight end. He's not particularly highly ranked by recruiting services, but he held offers from Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi, Tennessee and other schools.
Hamilton said he will bring "hard work, effort and dedication" to Ohio State.
He will enter a deep tight end room next season that will return Luke Farrell, Rashod Berry, Jeremy Ruckert and Jake Hausmann. Hamilton isn't as tall as his counterparts, but he's already 263 pounds and has soft hands for a tight end.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 19, 2018
"Something that I have decided and am working on now is to play harder through low energy, no matter what," Hamilton said in October. "My strengths are going one-hundred percent on every play, my hands, and my aggressiveness. My favorite thing about playing tight end is scoring every time the ball touches my hands and, also, making key blocks."
In October, Hamilton said he remains in frequent contact with Kevin Wilson, Tim Hinton and Urban Meyer.