You may not have heard of Chad Hamilton yet, but the 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive guard from James Island High in Charleston turned some heads at the Shrine Bowl and could wind up (A) being grabbed by a big program -- Wake Forest is showing some interest -- or (B) being a steal for an FCS program.
The FCS schools are well aware of Hamilton. A source close to The Citadel, which has offered him a scholarship, said the coaches there have their fingers crossed that no FBS schools step in at the last minute.
He also has offers from Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian, S.C. State and Tennessee State.
While Hamilton may not have ideal height for an OL in many FBS programs, he is faster than just about any lineman you'll find. He's been clocked in the 5.0-second range in the 40-yard dash, which certainly doesn't hurt if you're looking for a pulling guard.
Hamilton played in the Shrine Bowl, but schools aren't allowed to send recruiters to all-star games anymore, which was to his disadvantage. But word gets around. While South Carolina has completed its O-line class for this year, another FBS area school might offer at the last minute.
And be happy it did.