Blessed Trinity has graduated some talented P5 talent over the last few years, and junior athlete Jackson Hamilton hopes to fall in those footsteps over the next several months. That tradition does not end just in the recruiting world; the Titans have become routine visitors to the state title game the last few years, and after beating formerly #1 Marist, they are well on their way to repeat that appearance once more.
With their lone loss coming against Woodward Academy early in the season, Blessed Trinity has been unmarked on the loss column, rallying off 6 wins in a row. Hamilton talked about the season, how everything has gone thus far.
“This year has gone extremely well especially coming off two back to back championships seasons when everyone is gunning for you,” he said.
The junior speaks facts, but also backs them up on the gridiron where he has 300 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on offense, while also 47 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 interception on defense. That lone turnover was something special, and in fact, earned last Week’s top play in the state of Georgia.
Hamilton was playing tight man coverage down the left sideline. The Marist quarterback rolled out left, and even though the junior Titan blanketed his opponent, the ball was thrown, but just a tad short. Hamilton, ever adept, rotated over and showed off his quick reactions by making a one-handed interception, then returned the ball back into Marist territory.
The play flipped the field in a crucial game that resulted in a 33-30 victory against their bitter rival in Marist, thus setting the 4-A stage as the most interesting playoff showcase in the state of Georgia – that’s just ones opinion, at least. With so many gone from the lauded class of 2019 at Blessed Trinity, Hamilton has had to continue to step up his game, and over the last year, he believes he has adjusted to his new role on the team.
“Moving from safety to outside linebacker was an easy transition, but I have definitely seen an improvement in my physicality in playing the game and my overall field awareness.”
Colleges have been on Hamilton for a good bit now, his brother after-all plays for Vanderbilt, and he already has his own P5 offer in Virginia back on May 15th. The junior quickly broke down the recent news involving his recruitment.
“Yes, I have 3 division 1 offers right now. I’ve also visited Mississippi State, Virginia, Florida and Alabama.” Hamilton continued to talk about the most recent visits, “I’ve already visited Alabama (10/20) this fall, I’m planning on visiting Boston College and Louisville soon.”
When asked about who he models his game after, the sly junior independently said, “my playing style is my own, I really don’t model my game after anyone. If had to pick one player, it would be Jamal Adams from the New York Jets.”
Watching Hamilton over the last few year, one thing is for certain, the junior has very good versatility. Hamilton is an excellent open field tackler, with a nice explosive 6′ 205 lbs. frame. He reportedly has a 36″ vertical jump, so a very explosive 2021 recruit for sure.
Another aspect of this game that stands out is his very good body control. He shows fluid hips on defense, note his interception last Friday, but also, on offense at RB too, where he changes directions well without losing much speed.
With so much varsity experience under his belt, Hamilton can certainly hearken back to past games, so we asked what he enjoys the most playing on Friday nights.
“My favorite part of Friday nights is taking the field with my brothers and enjoying the atmosphere from our fans that come to support us.”
The support will be going full throttle over the next month, as Blessed Trinity will look to capture their 3rd state title in as many years, creating a football dynasty that will have people around the state talking about one of the best programs of the decade. We are about to close the chapter on the 2010’s, and what has been built at Blessed Trinity should be appreciated as a run of excellence that is just flat out tough to recreate, but with talented athletes like Jackson Hamilton in the fold, they will look to leave their lasting mark on this decade.
Blessed Trinity finishes off the season 11/8 against White County, and from my recollection, plays the winner of Cedartown/Chapel Hill on 11/15. There will be plenty more to follow on both Hamilton’s recruitment, and how Blessed Trinity finishes off the season, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to get your dose of both.