Even though the NCAA is still hanging around, Ole Miss is still reeling in the croots. Three-star defensive back Javien Hamilton became the 14th member of the Rebels' 2017 class on Saturday when he announced his commitment on Twitter.
The 5'10, 170-pound cornerback from Bay Springs, Miss. wasn't highly regarded out of Bay Springs High School but after arriving at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss., he has picked up a few offers. And after impressing the Ole Miss coaches at Southern Miss' camp earlier this summer, an offer was extended. As of now, Hamilton holds other offers from Cincinnati, Southern Miss and UTSA.
As a senior in high school, he collected 28 tackles and one interception. He also contributed on offense with 451 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns. As a freshman at Jones County last year, he averaged 23.3 yards per kick return and had 22 tackles.
How does he fit in?
Javien, the cousin of former Rebel and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief, has been clocked as fast as 4.36 in the forty-yard dash, turned in a 42" vertical and broad jumped 11-feet. So clearly, you see why the Rebs pulled the trigger on accepting Hamilton's commitment. The dynamic athlete brings that rare combination of speed and length that Jason Jones and Dave Wommack covet.
Hamilton is a physical corner who likes to be on an island. He uses his length to affect receiver's in their get off and route running. When he plays press coverage, Hamilton can afford to take chances and bump receivers and is still able to make up for the step he's behind with his 4.4 speed and insane vertical leap.
Tony Bridges is a senior and will be vacating his post at corner and if Kendarius Webster has a big year, he will almost assuredly bolt for the NFL. As you can see, the Rebels are definitely putting an emphasis on bringing in some quality depth for the secondary. Javien is the fourth defensive back to commit to the 2017 class.