DaeSean Hamilton is taking things one day at a time. The recruiting process can be a distraction for some players but Hamilton is determined to not let Stafford (Va.) Mountain View down and focus on his senior season before he gets caught up in picking a college.
"I don't really have a top school right now," said the 6-foot, 182-pound Hamilton. "I'm focused on my season right now, not ranking schools. I didn't end up visiting Virginia last weekend. They wanted me to come after the season where they could spend more time with me."
Hamilton's top six schools are, in no particular order, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Illinois, Wake Forest and Miami. Two of these schools are showing more interest than the rest.
"The instate schools are showing the most interest because they have been after me the longest."
That doesn't mean Hamilton doesn't have good relationships with the other schools.
"Recruitment is going really well with Duke," he said. "I talk with the coaches there about two times per week and we've got a pretty good relationship. I like to watch their passing game.
"The Illinois recruiting coach came to my school last week and we always talk. Sometimes it's about football and sometimes it's about other things.
"Miami calls every Sunday and we talk for a while," said Hamilton. "The impending sanctions do affect my recruitment with them. I don't want to be stuck if I do get down there so I'm always trying to keep my eye out for things like that."
Hamilton had cut his list down to six schools and then the athlete received an offer from Penn State. So where do the Nittany Lions stand with Hamilton?
"Recruitment is going fine with Penn State. I've been talking with Coach (Stan) Hixon and Coach (Charles) London," Hamilton explained. "I think they've put everything to the side and not worrying about anything in the past and just working to move forward instead of looking back."
Mountain View is has a 5-3 record this year and is hoping for a spot in the playoffs.