- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
With four recruits committing to Penn State over the weekend, NittanyNation decided to turn to the people who know best what they're capable of on the field -- their high school coaches.
NittanyNation polled those coaches about what separates each player, how they first noticed the player's ability and when the player really showcased his college potential. A different commit will be highlighted in each of the next four days.
Up today: DaeSean Hamilton, Stafford (Va.) Mountain View
6-foot, 185 pounds
Four stars, No. 51 wide receiver nationally
High school coach (quoted below): Lou Sorrentino
What separates him from others at his position: "Well, the thing that we heard the most from recruiters -- because, obviously, as a high school player he's exceptional -- the thing we heard from recruiters a lot is body control. He's not 6-4, but he's big enough and strong. He's not a 4.3 guy, but he's fast enough, and he's very fluid and has great ball skills. He's got a 4.1 GPA, so he's certainly bright and understands the game. When you talk about him as a receiver, he accomplishes a lot of things. He doesn't have any playing weaknesses."
When you first knew he would be something special: "Well, I coached him for three years. He started as a freshman before I got there. So anytime you're starting as a freshman, you got some talent -- and he certainly had talent. He wasn't the go-to guy at first; they had an upperclassman who went to William & Mary and was an awful good receiver, and we kind of continued that when we came in. It didn't take me long to find out he was special. He fit right in, and he kind of just stepped right up and started on both sides of the ball."
When he surprised you or really showcased his ability: "It got to the point where I wasn't surprised anymore. He made so many plays, but I think the most memorable one was in the second playoff game [this year], and we were playing a physically dominating opponent. We were up, and it was 3rd-and-20 -- and he went right up between two guys and caught the ball. He broke his collarbone on that play and still caught a 4th-and-short play right after that. It wasn't a good play-call; it was just, 'Hey, we're going to throw the ball up and see if you can get it.' He bailed us out.
"We were able to run out the clock because he went out and got it. He had plenty of plays like those, but I think that's the most memorable because they knew we were going to him. I think everyone there knew we were going to him -- and he still got it done."
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