It was an eventful weekend in Morgantown on Saturday as the the West Virginia football program not only held their spring game in front of fans but were also able to have recruits in the stands.
One of the players that made his way into Milan Puskar Stadium was 2022 lineman Maurice Hamilton.
Hamilton is a 2022 3-star offensive guard from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Hamilton (6-foot-4, 337-pounds) holds offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Iowa State, Marshall, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron and Eastern Michigan.
West Virginia Sports Now spoke with Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon to get his impression of his first visit to Morgantown and found out that he plans a return visit.
“It was a real fun spring game to watch,” Hamilton tells WV Sports Now. “The game had a good atmosphere, good energy and a lot of fans, who were all very nice. I really loved my time there. The biggest thing I took from the weekend was the atmosphere and energy that Morgantown and West Virginia football has. Down there, everything is all West Virginia football and that’s really cool.”
“When I was there, I wasn’t able to talk to the coaches but we waved at each other. But after the game, they were all contacting me and asking how did I enjoy everything and did I have fun. I gave them my honest opinion and told them everything was pretty fun.”
The attention Hamilton is received from the West Virginia staff is nothing new as they’ve been in constant contact with him since officially extending him an offer back in the beginning of November and that’s something that he’s noticed and has appreciated.
“Coach Koonz is the one that I’ve been talking to mainly and after that, more coaches from there have been contacting me like Coach Moore and Coach Neal, the head coach,” said Hamilton. “Those three are the main ones that have been in contact with me and the ones that I feel closest to. We’ve really kept in contact. They really have made me feel like a priority and every time I talk with Coach Moore, he tells me that I’m the top guy they really want. That makes me feel like they really want me.”
Hamilton is a big physical lineman that says the strength of his game is his run-blocking skills and his ability to finish his blocks and “put people in the dirt.” He believes that he’s improved his aggression on the field and has the capability to take it up to another level.
This past weekends trip to West Virginia won’t be the last one for Hamilton as he’s already arranged two official visits: West Virginia on June 4-6 and Purdue from June 11-12. At this point in time, Hamilton doesn’t have a time frame for making his college decision but West Virginia will be in the mix.