One of the best running backs in California, if not the nation, this season is Lynell Hamilton who hails from Stockton (Calif.) Edison.
Hamilton has all the goods. He stands 6-foot-1, weighs 200 pounds and reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He also has a solid 260-pound bench.
As a first-year starter his junior season, Hamilton was selected League Newcomer of the Year. He also landed 1st-team all-area and all-league after rushing for over 1,200 yards and scoring 12 rushing touchdowns. Hamilton is also a tremendous special teams player as he scored six all-purpose touchdowns. He returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns.
The complete back Hamilton also has a nice pair of hands and is a tremendous blocker. Edison high runs the fun n’ gun offense made famous by Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators and he is the lone back.
The scouting report on Hamilton is he’s a very durable back who can run between the tackles and get you the tough yards, but he has the ability to juke you and the speed to beat you to the corner. Once he turns the corner, Hamilton is gone.
“Lynell is a power runner with finesse,” Edison head coach Booker Guyton said.
My favorite running back is Walter Payton,” Hamilton said. “Because Walter can run people over and kept his legs moving after he gets hit. He breaks tackles when it looked like he going down and ended up making a great gain.”
The D-I schools must like finesse runners with power because Hamilton has offers from some the nation’s most prestigious programs. He has offers from Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska, Cal and USC.
UCLA and Oregon haven’t offered yet, but they’re due on campus and once they see Hamilton up close the Bruins and the Ducks are expected to offer scholies too.
“Miami told me that they compare Lynell to a young Edgerrin James,” Guyton said. “Michigan told me he’s the best back they have seen so far this season and Oklahoma said that they popped Lynell’s tape and after a few minutes into the viewing, Oklahoma’s running back coach turned off the tape and said offer him he’s the guy we want.”
Hamilton is very open regarding colleges at this time. He will take everything into consideration and he see what school what school he will be able to compete for early playing time.
“Lynell is very special,” Guyton said. “Not only as a football player, but a human being, he’s an awesome kid.”
Whoever gets this talented young man will be getting someone special indeed…
Edison head coach Booker Guyton also wanted Pac10Recruiting to know about his super sleeper. Who is this sleeper? His name is Chris Henry and he stands 6-foot-1, weighs 225 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in a legit 4.3.
Henry has the area’s best 100-meter time with a smoking 10.4. At his size, or any size, that is moving.
You are probably asking yourself, why is he a sleeper, with that size and speed what is the deal, why doesn’t he have the offers that his teammate has? The answer is, simply, he was hurt and missed the entire season with quad injury. He is now back and obviously at full speed.
“Before it’s all said and done, Chris is going to get the same recruiting action that Lynell is getting,” Guyton said. “We expect big things out of Chris this season.”
Henry is super fast with power. He will also play outside linebacker for Edison. Henry has the talent level and versatility to play either position on the next level.
Henry will be at the Nike camp this Saturday (May 18th) and will likely open up a lot of D-I school’s eyes.