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Shaun Dion Hamilton may have enrolled early at the University of Alabama, but the former Montgomery Carver linebacker went back to high school, so to speak, long enough to be named valedictorian of his graduating class.
Hamilton's graduation speech message?
"I challenged them to keep on working hard," he told al.com. "The younger generation is going to be looking up to us. It's our choice where we're going to be in life. The next few years after high school are real important."
Its more than a little refreshing to see one of the nation's top football recruits excel in the classroom so much as to be a class valedictorian. And it's not as though Carver is some tiny crossroad school where Hamilton only had to beat out 25 kids for the honor. Much the opposite, Carver is a 6A program with nearly 1,000 students, according to the latest alignment listings from the AHSAA. Mark Hamilton down as one player UA coach Nick Saban won't have to worry about when it comes to things like class attendance and grade-point average.