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Wildcat chooses Nittany Lions

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Mountain View senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton has orally committed to Penn State University, his mother Madgeline Hamilton said.

Hamilton received scholarship offers from 12 Division I programs. He chose the Nittany Lions after an official visit to State College, Pa. this weekend.

Hamilton amassed 64 receptions for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He helped lead the Wildcats (8-5) to the Northwest Region, Division 5 championship game, but wasn’t able to play in that contest.

He suffered a broken collarbone the week prior toward the end of a 14-13 victory over Potomac.

Hamilton (6-foot, 182 pounds) was a 2011 Free Lance-Star All-Area performer. He was named the Commonwealth District Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-Northwest Region this season.

He has 193 career receptions for 2,824 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Hamilton narrowed his final choices down to Duke, Illinois, Miami, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

He also took official visits to Wake Forest and Virginia.

He can’t officially sign a national letter of intent with the Nittany Lions until February. If he does so, he’ll join a program that has three years of probation remaining following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Penn State was placed on four years of probation by the NCAA during the summer. The Nittany Lions will face scholarship reductions and they won’t be allowed to play in a bowl game during their probation period.

They entered the chase for Hamilton relatively late.

Penn State wide receivers coach Stan Hixon attended Mountain View’s 35-13 loss to North Stafford on Sept. 7 and offered Hamilton a scholarship. Penn State visited Virginia the next day and suffered a 17-16 defeat.

Hamilton said earlier this fall that despite the Nittany Lions’ troubles he wasn’t going to rule them out. Penn State was able to deliver an 8-4 season (6-2 in the Big Ten) under first-year head coach Bill O’Brien.

Hamilton decided not to play basketball this season so he can recover from his collarbone injury. He initially said he also wanted to take official visits to Virginia Tech and either Duke, Illinois or Miami, but ultimately settled on the Nittany Lions.

Hamilton and Mountain View head coach Lou Sorrentino couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday night.

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