<
>
Insider

Sophomore WR worth watching in New York

Upstate New York has only a handful of BCS prospects each recruiting cycle, but one name to watch down the line in the area is 2015 receiver Davonte Hamilton from Poughkeepsie (N.Y.).

Poughkeepsie coach Ken Barger has had prospects move onto BCS programs in the past, but he has never coached a player like Hamilton.

"Never before had a kid jump off the radar as a sophomore," Barger said. "Then when you add in the measurables (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and his nickname is Megatron because he looks like Calvin Johnson running around, this could be our first national recruit."

Barger said Oregon is interested in getting Hamilton on campus, as is Ohio State, UCLA and West Virginia. Hamilton visited Rutgers earlier this season and had a long talk with Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood.

"Davonte got about a half-hour with coach Kyle Flood with me and my 12-year-old son," Barger said.

Barger also has two potential FBS prospects in the 2013 class. Defensive end/Linebacker Brandon Weir is garnering interest from BCS programs after running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash and registering a 37-inch vertical jump.

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Weir is a "tweener" between a rush linebacker and a defensive end, which has scared some programs away. Weir has offers from Air Force and Army and interest from Connecticut, Navy and Syracuse. Weir could also have his pick of FCS schools in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and the Patriot League.

Athlete D'Andre Smith is likely a corner in college, Barger said, although he plays quarterback for Poughkeepsie because Barger said he is "lightning in a bottle." Smith ran a 4.48 at UConn's camp and is one of the top basketball players outside of New York City.

Barger believes Smith is an FCS corner but could get a late offer from UConn.