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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Lions spotlight: DaeSean Hamilton

By Josh Moyer

Every weekday until signing day, NittanyNation will break down a commitment from Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, Stafford, Va./Mountain View, 6-foot, 185 pounds

Committed: Dec. 9, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 81. Four-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 55 at position, No. 53 in region, No. 16 in state.

Picked Penn State over: Miami (Fla.) Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and others.

State of the position: With a half-dozen freshmen on the roster in 2012, this position remains full of young players. Rising junior Allen Robinson is the star here, while rising redshirt freshman Eugene Lewis could be the future. Trevor Williams and Brandon Moseby-Felder should see considerable time in 2013.

Pros: "His foot quickness, balance and agility allow him to get in and out of his break to create separation off the final move. He knows when to settle into dead areas when working against zone coverage. Although he lacks elite speed, we see the ability to get on top and separate when running deep routes. He displays excellent hands and body control. He is a hands-catcher who is able to leap and get off the turf to make the high, out of the frame reception." -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: His playing style (excellents hands; good not great speed; great leaping ability) isn't all that different from Lewis, who was the star of Penn State's 2012 class. Lewis redshirted because he needed to learn the playbook after playing high school quarterback, but Hamilton will likely redshirt because there's so many other young wideouts here.

Expected impact: 2015. There'll still be a bottle-neck at this position in 2014, but he could evolve into a solid passing option by the time he's a redshirt sophomore. He'll certainly have competition -- even after Robinson graduates -- but he has the ability to make an impact relatively quickly.