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Forget rankings, all Ty Hamilton cares about is preparing for Ohio State

Ohio State defensive line commitment Ty Hamilton will follow in his brother's footsteps with the Buckeyes. (Ty Hamilton/Courtesy)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Forget rankings, all Ty Hamilton cares about is preparing for Ohio State

Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest is one of the Buckeyes defensive commitments, lineman Ty Hamilton.

There was a moment when Ty Hamilton actually considered playing his college football at one of Ohio State’s biggest rivals.

That’s a pretty big deal considering he’s the younger brother of Davon Hamilton, a fifth-year senior defensive lineman for the Buckeyes who can vouch for the opportunities the program presents. And one key perk is working with vaunted position coach Larry Johnson, and the chance for Hamilton to have him mold his career was too good to pass up.

“Seeing my brother already walking through that door, that just made me think that I can do the same” the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Hamilton told Lettermen Row at the time of his commitment. “Plus, who wouldn’t want to be coached by the best defensive line coach in America?”

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Ty Hamilton made a pair of spring visits to Ohio State and impressed the Buckeyes coaches with his physical development. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

It was the chance to play for Johnson and close to home that ultimately led to Hamilton canceling a scheduled official visit to Michigan. He pulled the trigger on a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes just hours after returning home from Ohio State’s campus over the June 14 weekend.

He knew where he wanted to be and decided there was no good reason to wait — and Johnson was thrilled to hear it.

“Coach Johnson said he is excited and that he can’t wait for what the future holds,” Hamilton added. “And he’s happy about being able to coach two brothers again.”

How does Hamilton fit in the future of the Buckeyes defensive line? How does he intend to use his ability to regularly get to campus with Ohio State to his advantage? Has he felt comfortable working to help recruit others? What does he think about recruiting rankings and what’s the difference he’s seen between Ryan Day and Urban Meyer?

Get the answers to those questions and more this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.


Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.