June 14, 2009

Hamilton close to making his decision

Georgia appears to be ever so close to locking up Georgia Military safety Jakar Hamilton.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-2, 196-pounder who has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds, told UGASports he's going over his final choices and could announce his decision in a couple of weeks.

"July 1 is not a definite date, but it is a possibility for when I make my decision. I intend on visiting Alabama and Auburn next week together, and deciding soon after that. Georgia leads Auburn and Alabama with South Carolina right after them."

Hamilton got an up-close look at the Bulldogs when he visited Georgia earlier this week.

While he spoke to Richt and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez about different aspects of the football program, he most wanted to learn about the academic sides of the Georgia equation.

He came away very impressed.

"Football-wise, there are no worries. I'm not worried about playing time. I know I'll work hard and try to start as a free safety," Hamilton said. "I'm impressed with Georgia and its academics. I like the way the coaches stay on top of the players, make sure everybody keeps their GPA up and graduates with a degree."

Hamilton joked that he's a different person on and off the field.

Off the field, Hamilton describes himself as "goofy" until he straps on his helmet. It's then that a metamorphosis takes place.

"I'm mean on the field. If I hit somebody, I'll help them up but other than that I'm out there trash talking," Hamilton said. "It's defense. That's your job, to tackle people, to get them intimidated, so you can win on the defensive side of the ball. I'm that person."

It's that kind of play which earned Hamilton the nickname "Hit Man Hamilton" by his teammates at GMC.

The late Sean Taylor, who was an All-Pro safety with the Washington Redskins, would be proud.

"That's someone I look up to a lot.They called him "Hit Man Taylor" so I try to be like him," Hamilton said. "Before I go to practice or play in games, I watch film of him just to put me in the right frame of mind to go out and knock somebody's head off so that's what I try to do. I try to study his game and do how he did it."

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