Alabama now has 24 players in its 2023 recruit class. Nick Saban’s group added their fourth wide receiver Monday when four-star player Jaren Hamilton of Gainseville, Fla., announced his decision.
At 6ft 1 and 188 pounds, Hamilton has competed in the AAU Junior Olympics, competed in state track races and spent some time as a defender. He is a streaker with 25 touchdowns in his last two seasons and becomes the fourth wideout in the 2023 class of the Crimson Tide. In a written announcement, Hamilton cited Alabama’s track record of manufacturing NFL wide receivers as contributing to his decision.
“They had seen my film and liked what they saw, but they said they had to see it live. I went to Bama and I knew I had to accept this offer no matter what exercises or whatever I was confronted with. I ran 40 and got a 4.4 (seconds) flat.” Hamilton wrote for USA Today.
The FW Bucholz (Fla.) high senior checks in as the No. 261 overall and 53rd-best from the Sunshine State, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Hamilton camped in Tuscaloosa in June and received an offer. He was back the next month and made several visits. Last weekend he witnessed Tide’s Iron Bowl victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
After years of dominating the identification and development of talent at Hamilton’s position, the tide saw a dip this fall without receiving the No. 1 option. Freshmen combined for 57 catches, including 30 for 290 yards and a touchdown by Calera’s Kobe Prentice. Hamilton should help bring an influx of talent to the space.
Its finalists were Mississippi State, Michigan, Southern California, West Virginia and Tennessee. Alabama assistants Joe Cox and Holmon Wiggins were listed as his recruiters. The Tide group entered the day as the highest rated group in the country with five five-star players. Other pass catchers in the class include running backs Justice Haynes and Richard Young, and receivers Jalen Hale, Malik Benson (JUCO), Cole Adams and tight end Ty Lockwood.
Hamilton will be looking to add to his 847 yards and two interceptions with the 10-win Bobcats on Dec. 2 in a playoff matchup against Venice (Fla.) High.
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