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August 2015 Issue

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  COMMITMENT PROFILE Most people thought that Balti- more (Md.) Gilman School stand- out Devery Hamilton,'s No. 26 offensive tackle nationally and No. 12 player in the state of Maryland, was headed out to Palo Alto, Ca- lif., to play his col- lege football at Stan- ford. However, when June 24 rolled around the 6-6, 270-pounder surprised many by choosing the Maize and Blue. The reasons he picked Michigan weren't shocking — it just seemed like he was leaning toward the Cardinal. "First and foremost, Michigan is a great academic school," said Hamil- ton. "I think Forbes ranked it as the No. 1 public university in the coun- try. They have the Big House, and there is a lot of tradition behind the program. "The coaching staff is brand new so it's a fresh start. Coach [Jim] Har- baugh and Coach [Tim] Drevno are really great coaches. They've been really successful with the 49ers and back at Stanford." The Wolverine recruiting editor Tim Sullivan had great things to say about what Michigan would be get- ting with the big man after watching him practice as a junior. "Hamilton was the most impressive trench player for the Greyhounds," Sullivan said. "He needs to bulk up in the weight room, but as things stand, he's a long, lean of- fensive tackle with the frame to be a blindside player. He's also a very good natural athlete, able to get out and run to the edge, and block for screens. He wasn't used as a pulling line- man, but could prove capable there, too. Hamilton has plenty of potential." With Michigan and Stanford as his top two, Hamilton clearly shines on the field and also in the classroom. His studies played a huge part in his decision, and Michigan went the ex- tra mile to show him that everything he'll ever need academically can be found in Ann Arbor. "I met a professor from the busi- ness school," Hamilton said. "He was very open and inviting. He seemed like a nice person. I also talked to a pediatric oncologist at their hospital. He was very friendly. "Both of them told me that if I was interested in going into either one of those fields, Michigan had the re- sources to point me in the right direc- tion." Another reason that Hamilton felt comfortable enough to choose the Wolverines is because of his high Devery Hamilton Surprises And Goes Blue Hamilton is ranked as a four- star prospect and the No. 26 offensive tackle in the land by Rivals. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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