Olympia High safety Corian Hamilton may not know to which schools he will be taking official visits yet, but he has set a time frame for when he's going to commit to a college.
"It'll be a little earlier than (National Signing Day), sometime after the season," said Hamilton, who is ranked No. 15 on the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60.
With the 6-foot-1, 216-pound Hamilton likely to make his decision between December and January, he still has to sort out what schools he wants to visit.
"No, I haven't set officials yet," he said. "I'm looking for an open week. My father works on weekends so we're trying to find a date and time that works."
Hamilton at least has a rough idea about where he will and won't be taking trips.
"I'd like to see West Virginia and Rutgers, but I will not visit USF because I can go there any time I want, although I do think highly of them," Hamilton said.
Both West Virginia and Rutgers have been high on Hamilton's radar since this offseason, as he had them listed as some of his favorites for the past several months. While he hasn't gone so far as to name a final three or create a top 10 list, Hamilton has been impressed by a handful of schools that have offered him.
"USF, (West) Virginia, Rutgers, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Illinois," he said.
He also said back in July that some of his football buddies -- one of which is teammate Henry Eaddy, and the others are Dr. Phillips' Darryl Monroe and Apopka's Spencer Waseem -- have been in his ear about the commitments they made to Washington State.
"I don't know much about (Washington State) but the coaches have talked to me and the way they talk sounds good," Hamilton said this summer. "I'll have to go up there myself and see."
He did not mention the Cougars recently, however.
One particular aspect that Hamilton will consider when choosing a school is where he can play early. Hamilton doesn't just rely on college coaches to tell him that he'll have a chance to contribute as a freshman, because most coaches make blind promises. Instead, Hamilton does his homework.
"I look at rosters and see where seniors are at," Hamilton said. "I look at each position, the performances of players and scout to see what underclassmen are doing."
While he tries to whittle down his lists of schools to take official visits and does research for what program is the best fit, Hamilton is still focused on Olympia football. The Titans were embarrassed two weeks ago by neighboring Dr. Phillips, 49-0. Hamilton called the humbling loss a "reality check" and was grateful that his team had a bye week to stew and think about the defeat.
"Coach (Bob Head) put us down after that and we have no captains as of now, so I'm just trying to get the defense fired up," Hamilton added.