G.W. Carver linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton was born to play football.
Hamilton, a four-star prospect, verbally committed to play football at the University of Alabama at a press conference on Wednesday, where his mother Diane revealed he was destined for the gridiron.
“I can remember on Sept. 11, 1995 when (he) was born,” Diane said. “Weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long. My doctor said, ‘He will be an Auburn or Alabama football player.’ And here we are.”
Hamilton, 6-1, 230 pounds, received Division I offers from across the country, and narrowed down his choices to the Tide, Auburn and Tennessee.
He had the three hats laying on a table and took turns picking up each one before going under the table and coming back up with a grey Crimson Tide hat and Alabama gloves, displaying the ‘A’ logos on the palms of his hands.
“It was just the program,” Hamilton said. “They’re known for winning championships. You know they’re going to make it to a BCS bowl every year. I just love the Alabama coaches. (Defensive coordinator Kirby) Smart and I have a real great relationship and we’ve been talking on and on. I’m just going to be ready to play for them and try to help them compete so we can win national championships.”
Hamilton grew up watching Auburn, and said the Tigers were a close second. Carver quarterback Jeremy Johnson is heading to Auburn next season. While he would have enjoyed teaming back up with Johnson, Hamilton said Alabama’s winning ways swayed him to Tuscaloosa.
“It was a hard decision, Auburn is right down the road,” Hamilton said. “I had a teammate that signed with them. But at the end of the day my heart was with Alabama and I just had to do what was best for me and my family, it was a business decision.
“I was a big-time Auburn fan growing up. But as I got older, the winning started slowing down and Alabama started winning and putting guys in the next level.”
Johnson said the rivalry has already started with Hamilton.
“I’m happy for him,” Johnson said. “Could’ve been better if he would’ve came and played with me again. I told him, ‘You go where your heart tells you to go.’ I wish him the best of luck at Alabama. But once we play against him, we’re not going to be friends anymore.
“He already said, ‘I’m going to beat you all four years.’ And I said, ‘Oh, no you’re not.’ It’s going to be fun playing against him.”
Hamilton, a junior, will get a head start on his college career. He has a 3.8 gpa and graduates early in December. He will join the Tide in January 2014.
Last season, he recorded 81 tackles and two sacks as he helped lead the Wolverines to a Class 6A Region 3 championship and a state semifinals appearance.
“I think he made a great decision,” Carver coach Billy Gresham said. “Great coaching staff. Those guys are getting a good young man that’s very mature and very intelligent, in the class room and on the football field.”