High school football -- Head of the class: G.W. Carver's Hamilton excels on field, in classroom

High school football -- Head of the class: G.W. Carver's Hamilton excels on field, in classroom

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High school football -- Head of the class: G.W. Carver's Hamilton excels on field, in classroom

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There’s a certainty in Shaun Hamilton’s life that goes beyond the 11 Division I-A scholarship offers he’s received or the status he’s achieved on the G.W. Carver football team.

Without high enough grades to retain the lofty status he has in his junior class, without consistent A-B honor roll credentials, Hamilton knows his football status won’t matter.

Without those, Hamilton won’t be playing.

“My mom is on me constantly,” Hamilton said. “If anybody keeps me down to earth, it’s going to be my mom.”

Diane and Shelton Hamilton Sr. have exacting standards for their son, just like they did for Shelton Jr., a recent valedictorian at Jeff Davis.

It’s why Shaun is favored to give the family a second valedictorian. In 2014, he’ll be the third football player in six years to win Carver’s honor.

“People think of me as a dumb jock, but they don’t know I’m studying every day at home after practice,” Hamilton said. “If a football player is the smartest one, you hear it from everybody.”

Hamilton, who has a 3.8 GPA, has crossed his parents before.

There was the time when he was a freshman taking business technology. One grade he brought home left him marooned in his room for the next several weekends. No phone, study lights, no motor car. Not a single luxury.

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