Over the last few years, the Clairton football program has produced many D-1 athletes. Players such as Aaron Mathews, Tyler Boyd, Terrish Webb, Trenton Coles and Kevin Weatherspoon, Harrison Dreher and Raymond Clifford are just a few former Clairton Bears that went on to play Divison-1 football.
“It’s really big to be apart of the Clairton legacy. It’s something I couldn’t wait for when I was a kid and now that it’s here and to be a Bear is something I take pride in,” said Hamlin. “We’re a small city that doesn’t recruit like other schools. As you know there’s a lot of crimes in Clairton so to be apart of something happening that’s good for Clairton and putting them on the map is big for me! People say it’s the water, LOL, but it’s just something about being from Clairton that makes you who you are. That’s why I love to say I’m Clairton made and I take that very personal.”
Before I got into specifics about his recruiting, I asked Hamlin about Wade, the attention he receives and to play with such a special player.
“To be on the team with Lamont, my brother, is crazy! Because of the attention Lamont receives, it opens it up for us too because as they’re watching him they’re watching others as well which gives us a big opportunity,” said Hamlin. “I would probably handle all the attention the same as Lamont does. I would give the glory to God and be thankful, grateful and also be humble.”
While Wade gets most of the recruiting headlines for Clairton, Hamlin is quietly receiving plenty of attention and he’s enjoying it. Hamlin, who has 17 offers, tells me that the schools recruiting him hardest right now are Boston College, Connecticut, Cincinnati and Iowa State.
“Cincinnati and Connecticut want me as a cornerback, Iowa State and Boston College want me on both sides of the ball, as well as back deep for punt return/kick return. They just want the ball in my hands,” said Hamlin.
I asked Hamlin his feelings about Iowa State, a program that’s really recruited Western Pennsylvania hard since Matt Campbell took over as head coach. Campbell and his staff, led by Tyson Veidt, have made recruiting Western Pennsylvania a priority.
“I love Iowa State a lot. They’re getting some big recruits. I talk to the coaches all the time and they want me to come for a visit,” said Hamlin.
“What I’m looking for in a school is 1) playing time 2) how good the team is 3) the academics 4) how they’re sending people to the league, all of those are factors,” said Hamlin.
Aside from evaluating possible schools, Hamlin is getting ready for the upcoming season, especially the big game this year between Clairton and Aliquippa.
“I’m looking forward to this Aliquippa game, it’s a statement game. It’s going be the biggest game ever and it’s going to be played in Clairton at that! I can’t wait to play against them, it’s supposed to be like 10, 000 people there.”
// Header image: Noah Hamlin – Picture courtesy of Noah Hamlin