Posted by Bryan Fischer
South Florida head coach Skip Holtz has done well on the recruiting trail in Florida and may bring his best class in with the Bulls' 2012 group. The young coach grabbed one of his biggest recruiting coups on Tuesday, flipping Florida State commitment James Hamilton to USF.
“Me and my family sat down and talked about it and it seemed like the right thing for me and my family,” Hamilton told the Orlando Sentinel. “Playing time played a role in my decision a little bit but the major role was staying close to home so I can be close to my mom and lil sis.”
The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle committed to the Seminoles in June over offers from Clemson, Michigan State, Texas A&M and others.
“The coaching staff is great, the campus is amazing and the faculties were amazing too and it just seemed like the right place for me,” he said.
Hamilton is the 12th commitment for USF's class of 2012. His cousin Corian Hamilton is a freshman linebacker.
"He's a big body with quick feet and always seems to be able to get the job done," analyst Tom Lemming said of James. "Not fancy but effective. He already has NFL size, sustains his blocks well, can anchor and effectively pull and trap. He needs to watch his weight but certainly shows the quickness and overall athletic ability to excel at the next level."