COLUMBUS — Ohio State has commitment No. 12, and Ty Hamilton is the fifth instate product in the Class of 2020 to commit to Ryan Day in his first full recruiting class.
Who is Hamilton? Why is his Father’s Day commitment to the Buckeyes important?
What Ty Hamilton gives Ohio State on the field
There is no doubt that the best thing Hamilton provides the Buckeyes on the field is versatility. He’s a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman who can play inside as a 3-technique or outside as a defensive end, and he also has experience playing as a stand-up rush linebacker for Pickerington Central High School outside of Columbus.
Hamilton does an excellent job maintaining leverage, uses a low center of gravity and has above-average hand technique — a skill he’s no doubt gleaned from working with Larry Johnson during camps at Ohio State. He’s also had access to Johnson’s proxy, his brother Davon who plays defensive tackle for the Buckeyes.
The questions about Hamilton moving forward will be exactly how he fits in the Ohio State defensive line plans, because he’s not the big, rangy defensive lineman Johnson has been drawn to recently. His challenge will be maintaining quickness as he undoubtedly adds weight that could see him develop into an ideal interior lineman as he gets older.
What Ty Hamilton means to Ohio State 2020 recruiting class
With the addition of Hamilton, the Buckeyes are up to 12 commitments in the Class of 2020 — but just two of those are defensive prospects.
Hamilton’s earlier-than-expected decision could be the start of a pretty special two-or-three-week run for Ryan Day and Ohio State. Though most expected him to commit to the Buckeyes, Hamilton’s recruitment wasn’t cut-and-dried, and he was seriously considering Penn State following his official visit there earlier in June. He had also planned to visit Michigan as well, but realized after his Buckeyes official visit that there was nowhere else he could see himself.
“I looked over those three schools and I asked myself what school would give me the best chance to be a difference maker — Ohio State was the one,” Hamilton told Lettermen Row. “So after talking to my parents today, I’ve decided to commit to Ohio State.”
The fifth in-state prospect to commit to the Buckeyes in 2020, Hamilton is the first of what could be a four-man defensive line class. The top target in Ohio remains Cincinnati Princeton’s Darrion Henry. But with Hamilton in the mix, the Buckeyes have a lot of versatility in the direction they can go from here.
What makes Ty Hamilton stand out
The Buckeyes don’t offer a player just because his brother plays football at Ohio State. And at this point in the recruiting world, a player doesn’t commit to Ohio State just because his brother plays there, either. Ty Hamilton dreamed of playing in Columbus but still allowed himself to fully engage in the recruiting process with other schools even after landing his Ohio State offer. He visited the Buckeyes multiple times but never made the process the focus, choosing to avoid a lot of the glitz and glamour that comes as a part of the recruiting machine.
In fact, he refused to do the whole photoshoot thing at Ohio State during multiple visits until he landed an offer from the Buckeyes.
“I didn’t want to take photos at a school that hadn’t offered,” Hamilton said following a March visit. “I’m not trying to disrespect the schools that have offered me just because it’s Ohio State.”