Justin Hamilton had low expectations when he left Friday for his official visit to Louisiana-Lafayette.
"I'm going to be honest," Hamilton said Sunday night. "I had made up my mind I wasn't going to [commit] there. I was going to go to junior college. A couple of them told me some universities had called and asked me to go to junior college so they could recruit me. I was going to go for a year or two."
Hamilton's weekend trip changed that.
"I got down there and I really liked it," Hamilton said.
So much so that the three-star defensive tackle from Natchez, Miss., has decided to play there.
"I committed Sunday morning," Hamilton said. "I met with [head coach] Mark Hudspeth, and he told me I had an offer to come play there. He said, what am I going to do about it. I said, 'I'm going to take it.' He was excited. I'm real excited right now. My family is excited, too. They're happy with my decision."
Admittedly, Hamilton still has work to do off the field.
"I need to get my ACT score up," he said. "I'm going to quality.
Louisiana-Lafayette was the only four-year program to offer, which Hamilton attributed to his lack of a test score. He was impressed the Ragin' Cajuns had confidence he could qualify.
As for the trip, Hamilton had no complaints.
"The best part to me was touring the campus," he said. "I didn't realize it was that big. I thought it was a small school. But it's a big campus and nice-sized stadium. I like the town of Lafayette. It was my first time going there and I really liked it."