Above photo of Melek Hamilton (center, No. 10) by CJ Halloran/@cjhall_photography
BELTON, Texas- On Monday afternoon, UMHB running back Melek Hamilton announced he had decided to enter the transfer portal after just one season in Belton.
“First and foremost I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent and ability to play the game I love,” a statement from Hamilton on Twitter said. “I would like to thank my loved ones for their tremendous through it all, y’all have been nothing but great advocates on my athletic journey.
“Second, I would like to thank the entire Mary Hardin Baylor coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play and compete everyday with a great group of guys that I’ve learned from and created a lot of memories with. I know God has plans for my football career and with that being said, I have decided it is in my best interest to enter the transfer portal with two years left of eligibility!!”
Hamilton came to Belton by way of Kilgore Junior College, where he played in 10 games during the 2019 season. He tallied 231 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with 17 receptions while playing for the Rangers. Hamilton also sat out one year at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
As the No. 2 running back on the depth chart for the majority of UMHB’s spring season, Hamilton played in four games, running the ball 24 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes out of the backfield for 33 yards and a score. The Kilgore, Texas product did not play in the ASC Championship Game against Hardin-Simmons.
Prior to his decision to transfer, Coleman announced on Twitter that he had received an offer from NAIA-level Oklahoma Panhandle State University.