Avon (OH) Avon offensive guard Luke Hamilton, a class of 2024 prospect, committed to Michigan after the win over Ohio State. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Penn State, and Tennessee, among others.
Hamilton is listed at 6’5″ and 290 lbs. He’s the son of Steve Hamilton, who played for the Toledo Rockets.
ESPN: 4-star, 81 grade, #18 OT, #240 overall
On3: 4-star, 90 grade, #15 IOL, #227 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #19 OT
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #8 OT, #170 overall
Hit the jump for more on Hamilton’s commitment.
Hamilton was offered by Michigan back in April and visited over the summer. He also visited for a game day experience this fall, and after taking in Michigan’s win over Ohio State at the Horseshoe, he committed to the good guys.
Hamilton is a large human being who stands out on the field. Lining up at right guard, he looks like the anomalous lineman he is. He definitely seems to enjoy physical contact and finishing blocks, and he likes to drive his opponents into the dirt to let them know they just got dominated. He excels on down blocks where he can use angles and his mass to wash defensive tackles down away from the play.
As highly rated as Hamilton is across the board – a 4-star player to every site – I was expecting a little more athleticism when I turned on the film. I was aware of his size previously, having tracked his measurements and rankings for recruiting purposes, but surprisingly, On3 is the only site that pegs him as an interior lineman. Hamilton lacks the speed and agility to be a tackle at the next level. I think he is almost certainly headed for guard, but there again, I have concerns about his ability to pull. He plays high and with narrow feet, and he sometimes slows up prior to contact instead of sinking his hips, widening his base, and driving through. I see him as a liability with outside zone type of footwork – which is not something that Michigan has majored in over the past couple seasons – but with Michigan’s emphasis on pulling linemen on power, counter, etc., I’m not sure I see a good fit there.
Overall, Hamilton seems to be ranked a little too highly for my liking; he’s certainly an FBS prospect, but I wouldn’t peg him as a top-200 player. He is limited athletically, and while I can see him being effective in certain run schemes, the wide variety of schemes Michigan uses requires more versatility than what I see from Hamilton. I also see issues with Hamilton’s stance and pass protection awareness that need to be cleaned up. He reminds me a little bit of Nolan Rumler, who transferred out of Michigan and played in six games as a backup for Kent State this season.
Michigan now has three commits in the class of 2024; Hamilton joins linebacker Mason Curtis and two-way lineman prospect Manuel Beigel. The last prospect Michigan signed from Avon was running back/defensive back Ross Douglas in the class of 2013, who finished his career playing outside linebacker at Rutgers.
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