Camp Report: Virginia Tech Offers Hamlette

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Once rising senior Isaiah Hamlette participated in college camps, Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) head coach Jeff Berry felt the athletic defensive end would score scholarship offers. Coach Berry’s belief proved true, as the 6-3 1/2, 250-pound prospect landed a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech following an impressive camp performance on Saturday.

“I did get an offer after the camp on Saturday,” Hamlette said. “After the camp was closing down, Coach Foster pulled me aside. He said I did real good and that they decided to offer me. Then me and my parents went to Coach Beamer’s office. He told us what he expected out of a player. Then he showed us some stuff around his office. It was real nice.”

The camp was Hamlette’s second visit to Virginia Tech this spring. He visited before for a spring practice and met 2007 class recruit Tyrod Taylor while on the trip. He reflected on his Saturday’s experience.

“It was a great experience,” said Hamlette, who attended the camp with his parents. They toured the campus and the football facilities.

“The campus is real nice. I like the staff and the atmosphere.”

After extending a scholarship offer, Coach Beamer and Coach Foster inquired as to Hamlette’s decision-making plans.

“They asked me when I planned to make a decision and I told them early in the summer,” Hamlette said. “They said to take my time. It is a serious choice and I should want to make the right decision. They said if I feel I know which place is the right one for me, I should jump on it.”

Virginia Tech is not alone in this recruitment. Two weeks ago, Wake Forest became the first 1A program to offer a scholarship. Hamlette attended Wake’s camp on Sunday and the Demon Deacons are being given serious consideration.

“I’m looking at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and evaluating those two,” said Hamlette, whose cousin is Wake Forest rising red-shirt junior Chip Vaughn. “I like Wake Forest and I like Virginia Tech. I mean, I really like Virginia Tech but I’m giving Wake Forest a chance to show me something. My cousin says a lot of good things about them.”

Both programs are recruiting Hamlette as a defensive end, the position he plays for Coach Berry.