Timmy Hamilton has apparently had a change of heart.
Hamilton, a former standout at Wichita-Kapaun Mount Carmel and Coffeyville Community College, is joining the Kansas football program after signing with Arizona last February and beginning fall camp with the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz.
Hamilton, a defensive end, left Arizona earlier this month, according to Rivals.com, and announced Tuesday on his Twitter account that he’s headed for KU. Hamilton, who is listed at 6 feet 5 and 265 pounds, will have to sit out the 2015 season. He is expected to be classified as a walk-on upon arrival — the Jayhawks don’t have any available scholarships in their 2015 recruiting class — but he could be awarded a scholarship in the future. He will be eligible to practice this season.
Hamilton was not a major recruit out of high school, but he turned himself into one of the top juco defensive ends in the country after two seasons at Coffeyville Community College. In the spring, he credited his surge to the two years he spent playing in the Jayhawk Conference.
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“Playing in the Jayhawk (Conference), the high level of competition changed a lot of my thinking,” Hamilton told The Wichita Eagle. “I look at offensive linemen that are 6-foot-5, 330 pounds or the specialty guys with the speed and I can think of guys I’ve competed against the last couple of years that are that good, or maybe better.”
When he is eligible to play, he could be an immediate contributor at Kansas, a rebuilding program looking to lay a foundation with in-state recruits. But first, he will spend the next year on the sideline.