Shaun Dion Hamilton to Alabama: What 4-Star LB Brings to Tide Program

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 17, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Shaun Dion Hamilton has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, and his commitment will undoubtedly further head coach Nick Saban's reputation as an elite recruiter. Hamilton brings a great amount of ability to the Crimson Tide program as a linebacker.

He's ranked as the No. 14 inside linebacker in the 2014 class rankings, and he's the No. 12 player from the state of Alabama (247Sports Composite).

He represents a big in-state recruiting win for Alabama considering the fact the Crimson Tide out-recruited Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn for Hamilton's commitment. Tennessee was the third team in the running for the 4-star recruit. 

Like many great recruits before him, Hamilton has chosen to commit to Alabama, and Saban's legend continues to grow.

Andrew Bone of reports on the commitment via Twitter:

Greg Ostendorf of posted a Vine video of the commitment, via Twitter:

It's also interesting to note current NFL draft prospect and Alabama star Dee Milliner was present at the announcement ceremony, per this picture via Bone on Twitter:

If that wasn't a bit of foreshadowing, then I don't know what is. 

Finally, Bone Tweets that Hamilton is planning on recruiting other players to Alabama:

The fact Hamilton is an in-state recruit who's looking to help the Crimson Tide on the recruiting trail is just one of the many reasons this is a big pickup for Alabama.

Hamilton projects to be a good linebacker in time.

He has good size at 6'1'', 240 pounds, but he also runs a 4.65 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports. Consider last year's No. 1 inside linebacker recruit and 2013 Alabama signee, 5-star inside linebacker Reuben Foster is also 6'1'', 240, and he runs a 4.60 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports. 

That's a great comparison if you're an Alabama fan, because Foster projects to be an elite talent.

As far as Hamilton is concerned, he has a quick first step and reads and reacts well. His speed allows him to fly down to the line of scrimmage and fill the gap, but he can also scrape over, run the lane and be a sideline-to-sideline defender as a middle linebacker. 

He's a strong, fundamental hitter who won't be afraid to be physical at the point of attack, and he does a good job of wrapping up, driving his legs and finishing the play. Hamilton projects to be good against the run, and I expect that's an area where he'll stand out and thrive on 'Bama's defense. He should also also be athletic enough to backpedal, open his hips and be comfortable covering in space, so he's a well-rounded linebacker.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have landed another extremely talented recruit.

At this point, that's less of a statement and more of an expectation for Alabama.

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