Perhaps the most heralded recruit ever to come to Rutgers (No. 11 overall according to Rivals), Darius Hamilton is facing some pretty steep expectations.
Head coach Kyle Flood has tried to dissuade these thoughts, telling the Associated Press, “I think the most dangerous thing you could do to a young person—regardless of how highly touted they were—is to put undue expectations.”
Yet Flood's actions have shown that he has his own set of expectations for the young player.
Hamilton was recently moved from defensive end to defensive tackle, the position in which he feels most comfortable. He told the Associated Press, “They said I picked up on end really well, but I played three-technique all my life. So, it’s not a big change at all.”
He'll have to gain some weight to play the position effectively, but even so, Rutgers will have a hard time keeping a player as talented as he is off of the field.
Hamilton is simply too quick for opposing guards and centers to stay in front of him. Provided he bulks up a bit, there are very few players that will be able to slow him down.
Hamilton will absolutely feast on the offenses of the Big East this year and should make huge waves across the country.