27 - Justin Hamilton Position: Flanker
Class: r-Freshman
Height: 6-3
Weight: 217
High School: Clintwood H.S.
Hometown: Clintwood, Va.
photo         Named Tech's top offensive newcomer at the conclusion of 2002 spring practice ... Will help give the Hokies a big, physical presence at flanker after moving over from tailback during the spring ... Was the top receiver in the spring game with four catches for 44 yards ... Showed excellent skills at tailback, but the coaches felt he could get on the field quicker and be of greater value to the team this season as a receiver ... A smart player with a real feel for the game ... Has size, strength and good speed ... Should continue to get better with added exposure to the athletic performance program and the Tech system ... Possesses a real desire to succeed ... Has put in a lot of extra time studying his new position ... Still has a way to go, but has a bright future ...

2001: Worked at tailback and receiver while redshirting ... Bench pressed 330 pounds and ran a 4.53 40 during spring testing ... Moved to flanker during the early stages of spring practice ... Caught two passes for 26 yards during one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Had four catches for 44 yards in the Maroon-White game ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as Tech's top offensive newcomer ...

High School: Rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored 62 touchdowns for Coach Bob Meade during his prep career ... Had 1,153 yards rushing and 19 TDs as a senior, but won first-team Group A all-state honors for his play as a defensive back ... A SuperPrep All-American, he was ranked the No. 24 running back in the nation and the No. 6 player in Virginia ... Named PrepStar A-A and listed as the No. 3 RB in the Atlantic Region and the No. 26 overall prospect in the region ... Listed the No. 4 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Gained 1,550 yards and tallied 20 TDs in 1999 on the way to first-team all-state honors as a running back ...Was named the district player of the year and earned all-district and all-region honors on both offense and defense ... Added over 800 yards and 19 touchdowns his sophomore season ... A two-time all-state pick in basketball ... Averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds as a senior and 24 points and 12 boards his junior season ... Also excelled in track, winning the state title in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles his junior year ...

Personal: Justin Lee Hamilton ... Born 9/17/82 in Norton, VA ... Son of Beth Stanley ... Enrolled in university studies.