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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Watch List LB picks up Georgia offer

By Radi Nabulsi

The Georgia coaching staff signed five inside linebackers in the Class of 2013, so going forward, only a few key playmakers will be offered at that position. This year’s Georgia class also projects to be about half the size as last year’s -- yet another reason for the coaches to be stingy with inside linebacker offers. So far Raekwon McMillan and Bryson Allen-Williams have made the cut, as both are ESPN Watch List standouts.

Monday night, linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti found another one.

Shaun Dion Hamilton
Watch List linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton received an offer from Georgia on Monday.
“I just got off the phone with Coach Olivadotti,” Shaun Dion Hamilton said. “He told me he had just seen my highlight tape last night. He said he showed it to the coaches, and the coaches fell in love with it. And he told me that Coach [Mark] Richt said, ‘Offer this kid.’ ”

Hamilton, who has 24 other offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State and UCLA, is an ESPN Watch List junior from Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala. He was offered as an inside linebacker by Georgia but has played outside, as well. Hamilton said he plans to visit Georgia to catch one of the Bulldogs’ spring practices.

“I think real highly of Georgia,” Hamilton said. “Coach [Todd] Grantham and Coach Olivadotti are great coaches. They have NFL experience and know what it takes to get to the league. And I have heard -- just from watching ESPN -- that Coach Richt is a great young man.”

The 6-foot-1, 224-pound junior cited Georgia’s history of producing NFL draft picks as a reason he wants to check out the Bulldogs.

“I know they always have a great defense, and they always put players in the league no matter what their record is,” Hamilton said. “They are a great NFL school. That is major.”

Hamilton doesn’t have a top group yet, but that could change any day.

“I don’t have a top list right now, but I definitely plan to come out with some favorites real soon -- probably six or seven,” Hamilton said. “I would say Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest.”