Isaiah Hamlette had just visited Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, respectively, the weekend of June 9th and 10th. The Brooke Pointe (Stafford, VA) defensive end had scholarship offers from both programs and was leaning towards making a decision between the two. He decided to take the UVa coaches up on their offer of visiting for the June 16th Elite Junior Day, though, and now the Cavs are a finalist along with the Hokies and Demon Deacons.
“They showed me their stuff,” Hamlette said of UVa.
“They said their football program has been all right the last few years, but now it’s a new era. They said they are going to do some special things in their future. They gave me a lot of attention. They told me they are putting a lot of money into the program. They are upgrading the locker room with plasma TVs and things like that. They talked about that stuff, but the big things were the academics. My parents like that.”
Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are recruiting the Brooke Point prospect to play defensive end. Virginia likes the 6-3, 250-pound Hamlette as a defensive end or perhaps an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.
“I’ve never played linebacker,” Hamlette said. “If I played defensive end in the 3-4, they wouldn’t depend on me much to contain the outside. I would mainly push up the offensive lineman as much as I can for the linebackers to make plays. It is not bad, but I kind of want to make plays. Coach London told me the defensive ends have different responsibilities, but he looks out for them and gives them a chance to make plays and sack the quarterback.”
Hamlette respects all three football programs. Academics will be the breaker in terms of which program he ultimately selects.
“Really, what I’m looking at now is just the academics,” Hamlette said. “They are all good schools, but I’m trying to be a dentist. Wake Forest has a dental school. If I go there, maybe I would have a better chance to get into their school.”
Hamlette may have a favorite, but he is not letting on to the public.
“I don’t want to say because I haven’t made up my mind. But, it is from those three,” Hamlette replied when asked if one school had the edge over the others.
“I don’t think it will be that long [before he commits]. It could be in the next week or so.”
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