Checking in with Isaiah Hamlette

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Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) star Isaiah Hamlette turned in a terrific senior season, performing well on both sides of the ball in helping his team to a 9-2 overall record and a district championship title. Hamlette earned first-team all-Northwest region honors at defensive end and second-team all-region honors at offensive tackle, turning in the best season of his high school football career.

Hamlette, who will play defensive end at Virginia Tech, racked up double-digit sacks in 2007. After being one of three rotating defensive ends in his junior season, he enjoyed a more significant role in his senior year.

“I was the main guy this year. I hardly came off the field,” Hamlette said. “With me having more playing time, I had more responsibility. I had to step up and lead by example. I think I improved on my tackling ability. I got a lot faster over the summer, which helped me. I was also able to contain my side of the ball a lot easier.”

Hamlette’s 2007 season performance has given him more confidence heading into his freshman year at Virginia Tech. The 6-4, 240-pound prospect hopes to contribute as a true freshman.

“If I can, I would like to play my first year,” Hamlette said. “Tech rotates a lot of guys in, so maybe I could get in there. Right now, I don’t know how I compare with the players they already have. I know I have got to have a strong will to succeed and make it happen. I’ll do what I’ve got to do.”

Playing for one of the top defenses in the country excites Hamlette, who feels like his skill set fits in well with Bud Foster’s defensive unit.

“Their defense has a lot of athletes and I feel I could contribute a lot by containing my side and putting pressure on the quarterback,” Hamlette said. “It is a great opportunity to play on that defense.”

Hamlette decided to forego playing varsity basketball this season and will instead work in the weight room to prepare for his first year at Virginia Tech. He will also have some fun, as he plans to make his official visit to Blacksburg next month. Hamlette’s last experience at Tech came at the North Carolina game and he enjoyed the experience.

“It was great. It was loud. The place was shaking and I had a lot of fun,” Hamlette said.

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