Luke Hamilton follows family footsteps to be come top-tier recruit – Morning Journal

Luke Hamilton follows family footsteps to be come top-tier recruit – Morning Journal


According to Avon football coach Mike Elder, offensive lineman Luke Hamilton takes a lot of pride in playing in the trenches.

Hamilton, the son of former Toledo offensive lineman Steve Hamilton, is the recipient of great genes. The soon-to-be junior also has a combination of aggressiveness and work ethic that makes him one of the most recruited linemen in Ohio.

“(Hamilton and running back Jakorion Caffey) are both blessed with genetic ability,” Elder said. “You don’t get Division I scholarships unless God blessed you with athleticism. More importantly than that, it is what they have done with it. They are extremely hard workers and are leaders on our team and have bright futures.”

Hamilton is a four-star recruit on 247Sports with offers in from Power 5 schools including Michigan, Nebraska, Kentucky, Penn State and Iowa State. The third-team All-Ohioan has over 20 total Division I offers.

“I watched college football my whole life and (receiving offers) and being a (junior) is a big thing. My goal was to have attention like this. Now that I have it, it is pretty cool,” Hamilton said.

He was recently invited to go to the Ohio State football camp with teammate Caffey and some of the best players in the area. In the process with the heat bearing down, Hamilton had some takeaways to become a better player.

“Going in, (Ohio State offensive line coach Justin Frye) told me that he was going to coach me up,” he describes the camp experience. “As soon as I got there, we started doing drills and if I did something wrong, he would coach me and tell me what I need to do right. He really taught me how to use my lower body more. That helped out.”

Despite suffering a flesh wound in a one-on-one drill, he showed a display of toughness and character, playing through the adversity to impress the scouts.

Hamilton has always looked up to his father, who was the Elyria football coach in the mid-to-late 2000s and has excelled at player development. As coach of the Pioneers, he was linked to multiple linemen heading to Division I college football programs with Chase Ferris and Golden Helmet Award winner Tracy Sprinkle having professional careers in the NFL.

“Since I was born (my dad and I) were always playing football,” he said. We’d sit down and watch film. He would run me through on what (to see on the field). I always listen to him, he is always good with his workouts that he has given his (players) and has taken them far. He knows what he’s talking about and knows what’s best for me. Listening to him has gotten me to where I am at.”

Along with football, Hamilton is a shot put state qualifier, recording a throw of 52 feet, 5 inches in Columbus. That only increases the demand for the standout lineman.

Avon sophomore Luke Hamilton competes in the boys shot put at the OHSAA track & field championships Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Jesse Owens Stadium
Avon sophomore Luke Hamilton competes in the boys shot put at the OHSAA track & field championships Saturday, June 4, 2022 at Jesse Owens Stadium

“(Shot put) shows your explosiveness in your lower half,” Hamilton said. “I’d say that I am a pretty twitchy guy. Showing (teams) that I qualified for state shows that I am pretty explosive. That helps a lot.”

Whatever program he choses, Hamilton feels like he can bring a lot to the table.

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