Highland's Hamwright Picks Kentucky

Posted: December 16, 1998

Chuck Hamwright, a hard-hitting safety from Highland, has made an oral commitment to the University of Kentucky.

Hamwright, who is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, also played running back at Highland, but he projects as a strong safety in college. He visited Kentucky over the weekend and made his decision Monday, Highland coach Larry Ziemba said.

``I really liked the family atmosophere down there,'' Hamwright said. ``Plus, they do a great job helping their players get jobs who aren't going to be playing pro football. I liked the idea of playing in the [Southeastern Conference]. If you can play there, you have a chance to play in the big time.''

Said Ziemba: ``What the coaches really liked about Chuck was his tackling ability. He will play a weakside linebacker in a 4-4 defense or a strong safety in a 4-3.''

Ziemba said the Kentucky coaches also think that Hamwright, known for his bone-rattling tackles, can be a major asset on special teams.

Before going to Kentucky, Hamwright visited Hofstra. According to NCAA rules, a football recruit may not sign a letter of intent until Feb. 3.

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