BAY SPRINGS, MS (WDAM) - "At Bay Springs now when we talk about going to the next level, Javien Hamilton’s always the one we point to,” said Bay Springs head coach Dan Brady.
Hamilton’s just one of a handful of Pine Belt natives that look forward to Thursday’s NFL Draft.
The former Ole Miss defensive back spent the spring in Oxford, training for the Rebels’ Pro Day on March 29. Hamilton was satisfied with his performance, running the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, recorded a 39-inch vertical jump and 10-feet, six-inches in the broad jump.
An athletic display from a young man who at one time resembled a bull in a china shop.
“I remember one of the first conversations when I got here,” Brady said. “I came and watched a basketball game and the trainer, Rick Guy said, ‘Dan you got to check this kid out.’ I said, ‘Who is he?’ He said, ‘Javien Hamilton. Now let me just tell you, he may dunk it and it may look great. The next time down the court he may hit his head on the backboard. He’s still a little green, still getting going.’ A lot of kids have talent but not a lot of kids possess the work ethic of Ham. And that’s what set him apart is his willingness to work every day.”
When Hamilton graduated from Bay Springs, he was just 5-foot-8, maybe 140 pounds.
However, a state champion on the 100-meter dash, his speed could not be ignored. In fact, some of his natural abilities are hereditary.
Hamilton’s father Michael Paul Moncrief played Canadian football and his cousin Donte Moncrief is a wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts.
Still, the speedster received just two scholarship offers out of high school – East Central and Jones County Junior College. Hamilton chose the latter.
“Most people ask me is the University [of Ole Miss] any different than Jones?” Hamilton said. “I always repeat, Jones I really had to dig deep and be able to pull through from the struggles to the football field. It really developed me as the player I am today.”
“We preach to the kids now, you just have to have one offer, one opportunity,” Brady said. “When you get that opportunity, it’s up to you what you do with it. Ham’s a worker.”
As the NFL Draft nears, Hamilton’s still an underdog – a role that seems to suit the Bay Springs Bulldog well.
A football journey that began in Bay Springs will either continue or end this weekend, depending on if Hamilton receives a desired phone call.
He is comfortable and prepared for whatever life throws at him.
“Dreams to reality,” Hamilton said. “I always dreamed to play professional football and now that everything’s colliding, draft’s starting Thursday, it’s just a surreal moment. It got hard during the process, but I thank God and I thank my friends and family. My support system to keep me on a positive mind and keep me on the right track to be where I am today."