Houston’s Jamaal Hamilton transferring to UMHB

Above photo of Jamaal Hamilton playing at West Texas A&M

BELTON, Texas- In a huge addition to the UMHB football program, Houston’s Jamaal Hamilton confirmed to True To The Cru late on Sunday night that he will transfer and join the Cru this upcoming season.

A source outside the program had previously reported Hamilton’s transfer to True To The Cru. He will have two years of eligibility after spending time within the Houston program in 2020.

The 5’10 wide receiver began his collegiate career at West Texas A&M, an NCAA Div. II program, where he saw action in 20 games over two seasons with the Buffaloes.

As a true freshman, he established himself as a consistent target, catching 19 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in nine games. The Dallas native also tallied five rushing attempts during that 2018 season, though his longest gain was just two yards.

Hamilton came back as a sophomore, again playing well in all 11 games as he pulled in 17 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown.

He transferred to Houston, a competitive NCAA Div. I program in the American Athletic Conference prior to the 2020 season. However, he was unable to join the team in the fall considering he was a transfer, but did enroll in classes at the university. Hamilton then was added to the roster for the spring, but roster issues forced him out of the program.

Hamilton catches a pass during Houston’s spring camp

At Duncanville High School, Hamilton was a two-year letterwinner, leading the Panthers to an 11-1 record his senior year, as he earned First-Team All-District honors.

A quick look at his high school film reveals a player with incredible speed on the outside of the formation, and a deep downfield target. Granted, the college game is a significant step-up from the high school ranks, but Hamilton has already proven himself in two full seasons at the collegiate level. He may see time as a slot receiver at UMHB, which would allow the Cru to use him on deep routes, as well as short passes, and even in the run game on sweep plays, considering his frame and sub-11.10 second 100-meter dash time.

Hamilton is the second Div. I transfer UMHB has secured for this upcoming season. Safety Deryn Taylor, who previously played at Abilene Christian and Texas State, announced his move to UMHB on June 9.

The Cru will have a stacked wide receivers unit for the 2021 campaign, though Hamilton certainly has the skill set to compete for a starting job during fall preseason practice. Returners Romello Cook (8 rec, 123 yds, 1 TD in the spring), KJ Miller (20 rec, 181 yds, 1 TD), Brenton Martin (8 rec, 162 yds, 2 TD) and Brandon Jordan (4 rec, 48 yds, 2 TD) are all in the mix for significant playing time in addition to former Arkansas-Monticello wideout Jerry Day Jr. and several high school signees.

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