Mountain View High in Stafford County is sort of a satellite Virginia Tech campus. The principal and athletic director both went to Tech, and the school colors are the same. The Wildcats plod into the stadium to “Enter Sandman,” just like the Hokies.
When Mountain View junior receiver-defensive back DaeSean Hamilton returned to school after a recruiting trip to Blacksburg, he joked to the coaches, “They play the song we play!”
Given that Tech linkage and Hamilton’s fine junior season, it’s no surprise that the Hokies are among programs eyeballing the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Hamilton, who caught 71 passes for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Virginia Tech assistant Bud Foster, who recruits Northern Virginia, is said to be high on Hamilton.
“Coach Foster is a pretty cool customer, and he was very excited when he watched the film,” Mountain View Coach Lou Sorrentino said. “If it’s not [Tech] offering, it’s going to be a lot of other people.”
Virginia, Maryland and East Carolina also have shown interest in Hamilton, one of a trio of talented junior receivers in Stafford County, with Brooke Point’s Tyus White (84 catches; 1,391 yards; 24 touchdowns) and North Stafford’s Brandon Ravenel (57 catches; 1,018 yards; 14 touchdowns).
Stanford also has asked for Hamilton’s transcript, perhaps piqued by his 4.1 grade-point average.
Sorrentino said that Hamilton, a three-year starter in both football and basketball, has the size to play safety and the feet to play cornerback. He was first-team all-Commonwealth District at receiver and defensive back, and second-team at kick returner.
In a 42-35 loss to Brooke Point in the first round of the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 5 playoffs, Hamilton caught 12 passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns and also returned an interception 45 yards for a score.
“He’s more polished as a receiver,” Sorrentino said. “But it’s a lot harder to find a 6-1 corner than it is to find a wide receiver right now. He has a frame to put on weight and tackles well enough and likes contact well enough to be a safety.
“Sometimes you recruit a guy who’s a wide receiver and if it doesn’t pan out there’s nothing else you can do with him. DaeSean can go a lot of different ways. That’s to his advantage.”
Sorrentino said that Hamilton also attended a game at Virginia and enjoyed that trip, as well. The coach wants to make sure the Cavaliers know that Mountain View, Tech-centric as it may be, has an open-door policy for them, too.
“I always tell [Virginia recruiter] Bill Lazor that you may see all the Hokie stuff around here,” Sorrentino said, “but it doesn’t mean you’re not welcome.”