Hamilton chooses Georgia

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

The word Georgia fans have been waiting to hear came in a noontime announcement Saturday at an Augusta restaurant: Junior college All-America safety Jakar Hamilton is committing to the Bulldogs, becoming the team’s 14th commitment from the recruiting class of 2010.

Hamilton, 6 feet 1 1/2 and 205 pounds, earned first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors after recording 50 tackles, four interceptions and eight pass breakups as a freshman last season for Georgia Military College.

A graduate of Strom Thurmond High in Johnston, S.C., Hamilton originally had designs on attending South Carolina. But he failed to qualify academically and was advised to go to the Milledgeville school instead.

Auburn, Illinois, N.C. State and Tulsa also offered Hamilton, but he narrowed his choices to Georgia and Alabama as the recruiting process reached its conclusion. Three weeks ago, he decided it would be Georgia, but waited to make the announcement.

“Really, it was the coaches and the academics,” Hamilton told the AJC Saturday. “The coaches are great, the facilities are great, but the coaches really wanted to know me as a person. The fans of Georgia are just ridiculous.”

When Georgia offered to pay for his master’s degree as well, Hamilton was sold.

“Once they told me that if I went pro and wanted to come back and get my master’s that they would pay for it, that showed me the character of their coaches right there,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton gives the Dogs their third defensive back from the Class of 2010, along with Newnan’s Alec Ogletree and Derek Owens of Jacksonville, Fla.

“I think they’re going to get not just a total player but a total person, the kind of guy who you want to be in your program,” GMC coach Bert Williams said. “He clearly gets it done on the field. He’s got the tools to be an outstanding player, whether it’s the SEC, ACC, Big 12 or whatever. He’s got a good work ethic, he’s mentally tough and he’s a competitor. He does everything you want him to do — he’s worked hard in the classroom, not just to get by but to excel.”

The fact that Georgia wears red and black didn’t hurt. “Red and black, those are my favorite colors,” Hamilton said.

Turning down Alabama was tough, though.

“It was hard to tell Coach Kirby [Smart, the defensive coordinator],” Hamilton said. “Alabama’s a great school with great coaches. I can’t take nothing from them. So big ups to Alabama, I want them to have a good season.”

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wolfdawg

July 11th, 2009
12:31 pm

welcome to the dawg nation.

DAWGPOUND

July 11th, 2009
12:32 pm

glad to have you kid, welcome to UGA!

big dawg

July 11th, 2009
12:33 pm

big dawg

July 11th, 2009
12:34 pm

huge pick up! glad hes with us. best of luck to you young man!

South Georgia Dawg

July 11th, 2009
12:40 pm

Welcome to Georgia. It is exciting to have someone who has paid the price and understands we all have to work hard for what we want. You are the type player we want at Georgia. Go Dawgs.

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hop

July 11th, 2009
12:53 pm

it is a nice pickup,but what are we going to do with so many safeties

D-Bo

July 11th, 2009
12:55 pm

Great pickup for the Dawgs. Very well rounded young man. Him and Ogletree in a couple years… man.

UGA_Alum_93

July 11th, 2009
1:02 pm

Boykin, Commings, Smith, Ogeltree, Rambo, Pugh and now Hamilton. Man, this secondary is going to be scary good in the near future.

Hairofthedawg

July 11th, 2009
1:04 pm

With Allen leaving early last year this is a big time pickup for the Dawgs. A guy who offers experience and maturity of mind and body is going to help us with immediate impact. Glad to have a guy like Jakar representing UGA as he brings highest standards besides great play.

Charles

July 11th, 2009
1:06 pm

Hop – we lose both starting safeties after this coming season in Evans and Jones. Coaches fully expect Hamilton to step in and start from day one. This guy is flat out big-time

BKbroila

July 11th, 2009
1:14 pm

His playing style reminds me of the BKbroila from back in the day…an absolute monster and athletic freak!!!

BKbroila

July 11th, 2009
1:15 pm

His playing style reminds me of the BKbroila of years past….an absolute athletic freak!

Paddy

July 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

WOW, great news. Keep ‘em coming. Congrats Mr Hamilton, glad we can keep you in Red & Black.

larrymunsonthe3rd

July 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

RICH GET RICHER

bocagator

July 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

Doesn’t matter. Still can’t beat the MIGHTY GATORS.

Just Wondering Why...

July 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

Is it me, or does UGA have a top recruiting class year in and year out and still somehow manage to have 3 losses almost every year? Next year will be 4 or 5 losses. LSU, Bama, and Florida are a given, and as much as yall will argue, you will lose to tech also. Good job on reeling in another top recruit who will execute mediocrity under Richt and staff and never live up to his expectations out of high school.

JDB

July 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

Can you say Thomas Davis or Greg Blue? ….sweet…

Luke

July 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

Man I hope tricky Nick Saban doesn’t come back to steal him before February.

Luke

July 11th, 2009
1:31 pm

oh he enrolls in December 09….so I hope he signs his LOI asap.

Just Wondering Why...

July 11th, 2009
1:32 pm

Im sorry in that last post… you guys dont play bama this year, so insert Tennessee for bama’s place. Kiffin will take the vols in his first year and beat Richt’s “mighty dawgs”

Puzzling

July 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

He couldn’t qualify for USC so he goes to GMC..and one of the reasons he selected UGA was they would allow him to go to Graduate school. Things that make you go ummm?

James T

July 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

Good luck Jakar and UGA. Can’t get em all. Roll Tide!

King Gator

July 11th, 2009
1:38 pm

I guess UGA wins a few more games than SC every year… but why not Bama?

Tom

July 11th, 2009
1:39 pm

working weekends now, Darryl?

Bullhammer

July 11th, 2009
2:03 pm

Congrats to you Mr. Hamilton. It seems UGA has once again gained a quality recruit. Great job UGA coaches!

Pi$$onaDawg

July 11th, 2009
2:16 pm

Either school is a good selection because he will never have to read a book other that the Playbook. No really best of wishes young man just make sure you get the DEGREE in something other that Sports and Leasure. I am sure after you graduate(haha) the KIDS will kick your A$$ in XBOX so you better get a job.

DoesItMatter?

July 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

Go figure – he will be coached under Wee Willy Winkie Martinez so does it really matter that UGA signed him? Probably should have gone to RedNeck Trade School (’Bama) instead.

2BT

July 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

Hope, for your sake, he learned to tackle in the open field! 45-42

JDB

July 11th, 2009
2:25 pm

hey Just Wondering…

Clearly you are a North Ave Nerd although you lack the cojones to actually stand behind your team. At least 10 wins 6 of the last 7 seasons and a SEC championship is hardly mediocrity. What has your team accomplished recently? (1 win over your rival in the last 8 tries doesn’t count).

This guy was recruited specifically to come bust up your gimmick offense. A strong safety has been vital to UGA’s D over the years but has been markedly absent the past two, likely contributing to your fluke win last year. 2010 is looking incredibly strong and it’s still July. Who do y’all have coming in?

GOTECH610

July 11th, 2009
2:31 pm

Good think them Yellow Jackets don’t worry about interceptions and safeties!!!!!

I think are the one’s who’ll need to worry about interceptions…Wait, there goes Burnette with another pick 6!

You UGA fans crack me up! With every new recruit it’s you all start the same ole’ BS. Here comes another Greg Blue! The last good DB from UGA was Champ Bailey and he’s getting ready to retire from the NFL because he’s old! No great defensive backs want to play for Willie “modern day Bill Lewis” Martinez.

The real safety in the state of Georgia is number 1 Morgan Burnett. He had over twice as many interceptions over this clown last year and one pick 6 against Stafford. He did that in a real conference….what a joke….This clown UGA picked up only had 4 interceptions playing for a Military College…BWAHAHA ……yeah boy let me tell ya….a real Greg Blue…..

Courtney

July 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

Another recruit! Good news but still don’t understand why these kids sign so early. But I guess UGA has to do this now to compete.

Pathetic

July 11th, 2009
2:39 pm

GOYECH610, where in the he11 did you get you education? Are you six years old or just that ignorant? Go take a lesson in basic grammar, azz clown. What a joke – just like the North Avenue Trade School insects.

IRAQI-DAWG

July 11th, 2009
2:40 pm

Ah yes!!!! The rich keep getting richer and the HATERS(GATOR FANS)keep hating!!! Why are there FLA fans on a GA site???? Anybody???

str8up

July 11th, 2009
2:41 pm

JDB

July 11th, 2009
2:45 pm

Here you go GOTECH610….straight from scout.com:

“A physical safety that excels in run support, Hamilton is further ahead in attacking the line of scrimmage than he is in pass protection sets early in his junior college career. He has very good closing speed and can chase down offensive players that have broken containment, or he can turn around a running back that’s broken through the front seven. Extremely tough player that looks the part of a run supporting strong safety – Scott Kennedy ”

Why would we care about protecting against the pass against Tech. You act like you have a quarterback or something….ALL YOU DO IS RUN.

…like I said…Greg Blue, Thomas Davis…exactly the dudes who ate your lunch for 7 years straight. Here comes another one.

BWHAHAHAHAH …. loser

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Ken

July 11th, 2009
2:54 pm

So happy to hear this. It’s great to be a Dawg. I officially challenge the UGA coaching staff to bring home a national championship in the next 2 to 3 years. (IF NOT SOONER)

We have too many blue chip players and all the others factors not to demand anything else. I’m a huge fan of CMR but if he and his staff can’t deliver with this boat load of talent. Well….

Go dawgs !!

BG

July 11th, 2009
2:54 pm

GO DAWGS! GO DAWGS! GO DAWGS! Welcome Hit Man.

GOTECH610

July 11th, 2009
2:55 pm

JDB……right…all we do is run all over UGA. I’ll have you know straight from Scout that Nesbitt was a highly regarded pocket passing QB. Keep thinking all we do is run. Paul Johnson just keeps opening up the playbook as these guys learn. Passing will come.

Ohhh….and we are real scared you have run support safety……I wonder if he will look as confused as the rest of your Willie Martinez safeties looked last year.

I am guess probably. Willie Martinez= UGA’s Chan Gailey and Reggie Ball….and boy do I love it! How’s that medicine taste Dawgs……

FEAR THE 3 O!!!!

Chapel Bell

July 11th, 2009
2:57 pm

Tell Kirby to come along with you!

true fan

July 11th, 2009
2:57 pm

just wondering-

Your an idiot. Mediocrity? Are you serious? First, yes we lost to bama and the gaytors this past fall. Bama hasn’t done anything done anything since 1999 minus 2005 and 2008. We beat Fla last year. We’ve beaten tech 7 of 9 this decade. Haven’t lost to Lsu since 2003. Mark Richt has lost maybe 5 away games in his 8 years in athens and has won on an average of ten games each year so how is that mediocrity. Second, you actually hate UGA that much to come on a blog and talk trash about a kid that wants to succeed in the classroom as much as on the field? You have no class. But that’s the difference between me and you, I have class and I know what I m talking about.

True Fan

Reality

July 11th, 2009
2:57 pm

Sorry “big dawg”, you aren’t “first” you loser. Dumb $hits like you give the internet a bad name.

Chapel Bell

July 11th, 2009
2:58 pm

GO TECH, glad to hear we crack you up. Thanks for the interest.

Tyler

July 11th, 2009
3:04 pm

Its gonna be hilarious to watch some of these kids take other visits and committ to play somewhere else.. still a longg time from now.. :)

wondering???

July 11th, 2009
3:05 pm

how many years of eligibility does that give him at UGA, 2 or 3?

I've never seen a vagina

July 11th, 2009
3:12 pm

3 point blow out!!!!!!

Paul Johnson’s arse tastes like tar.

I've never seen a vagina

July 11th, 2009
3:16 pm

The only being greater than Paul Johnson is Leonard Nemoy.

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………..

One day the vulcans will run the triple option….

JDB

July 11th, 2009
3:20 pm

Man I can’t wait until November. We had 7 nice, peaceful years….to the point where I could really care less about the Tech game because it was a foregone conclusion. The bees sneak out 1 game, by 3 measley points, and somehow they are now a force to be reckoned with because they have Josh Nesbitt the pocket passer, who apparently is a little slow learning the playbook but is catching on, and the “guru” Paul Johnson who is so smart he actually has the ability to read the other coach’s mind. Please. There is so much fun football to look forward to in the meantime, but post-turkey day Saturday is going to be more fun than it has been in years. And all of you Techies will deserve all of the the brutal torment you are going to receive in retaliation for the “45-42!” .. and “hope they can stop the run” garbage we have had to endure for the past year. ONE game guys….you won ONE game, by 3 points.

Here is what is says on Tech’s website about getting seats to this year’s games:

GT Yellow Jackets stadium seats cost $42 per seat reserved. PLEASE NOTE If you place your order after 12:00 NOON EST on a Thursday prior to a home football event, your stadium seat will not be installed until the following home game.

So make sure you get your order in before noon on Thursday folks….

…what a joke.