Mar 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; South Florida Bulls cheerleaders and dance team perform during the first half of the second round of the Big East Tournament against the Villanova Wildcats held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Today we meet another member of the 2012 recruiting class.
#90 DT James Hamilton
Freshman, 6'2, 330 pounds
Stats In 2011: Hamilton played defensive tackle in high school last season, where he posted 55 tackles. He also played offensive line.
Current Spot On Depth Chart: Not listed in the two-deep.
How did he come to USF: From Olympia High School in Orlando, as part of the 2012 recruiting class. USF linebacker Corian Hamilton, who redshirted last season, is his cousin and also played high school football at Olympia.
Recruiting Rankings: Rivals, 24/7 Sports, Scout and ESPN all ranked him somewhere between #25-#30 among defensive tackles. ESPN gave him 4 stars, the other services three. Hamilton initially verballed to Florida State, but switched to USF, while Noles fans cried sour grapes.
Projected Playing Time In 2012: On signing day, Holtz described Hamilton as "cut out of the mold a little bit of a Terrell McClain, Cory Grissom – larger body, strong, powerful, quick and athletic." High praise for a Bulls defensive tackle, but players of that sort usually require a year or two of development first. Especially when they're true freshmen whose listed weight of 330 pounds makes them the heaviest defensive player on the roster. Hamilton has said he wants to get his weight down to improve his explosiveness. Expect him to start the season as a redshirt, but he plays a position that's already lost Grissom and Anthony Hill, so don't rule out the possibility he might see action this season.