The Palmetto State’s Class A player of the year is currently considering three scholarship offers and hopes to be on the verge of more.
Lamar (S.C.) wide receiver/safety Michael Hamlin has offers from South Carolina, Clemson and Vanderbilt. He’s also receiving steady interest from Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, among others.
“I’ve only been to one camp so far – USC’s three-day camp,” he said. “I’m trying to attend Georgia’s camp this Friday, but we had a death in the family, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it.”
Asked if he has a favorite at this point, Hamlin said “Not yet. I’m open to everyone right now. I’m looking at all the teams who have been talking to me.”
He did, however, give good marks to the Gamecocks.
“I’ve enjoyed their coaches during the recruiting process,” he said. “I like coach Cox and coach (Skip) Holtz. I get along with them real well.”
He also noted that Clemson was not originally high on his list, but has improved its standing due to the Tigers’ recruitment of his friend, Timmonsville athlete Phillip Morris. “I’ve started looking at them a little closer, seeing some things that I like.”
Hamlin (6-2, 190, 4.6) is coming off a junior season which saw him catch 31 passes for 475 yards and six touchdowns. He also recorded 96 tackles and 10 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
South Carolina is recruiting him on both sides of the line. He said Clemson has projected him as a free safety. He does not have a preference.
Academically, he maintains a 3.2 core GPA and scored a 780 on his first SAT attempt. He was disappointed with that score, and will take the test again in October. He projects as a full-qualifier.