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Moffat County’s Matt Hamilton signs with Mesa football

Moffat County High School senior Matt Hamilton, center, signs papers to play football for Colorado Mesa University Wednesday at MCHS. He was joined for the occasion by Moffat County School District Athletic Director Mike Mitchell, parents Eric and Keri Hamilton and head football coach Keith Gille.

— One of Moffat County High School's own is moving on to the next level. Surrounded by his coaches and parents, Matt Hamilton signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

"They're the school that was really looking at me hard," Hamilton said. "It felt like a good fit when I went to meet with them."

Hamilton received a partial scholarship to attend Mesa and said he plans to pursue studies in special education.

He was also considering and being sought after by Colorado State University in Pueblo and Chadron State College in Nebraska. Both he and his parents, Eric and Keri Hamilton, said they were pleased that he would be staying close to home.

"We're excited that he's got the opportunity to play in college because we've always dreamed of that," Eric said, who has coached his son through the MCHS basketball program over the last four years. The two recently both received honors for the hoops season, Matt as a Western Slope League All-Conference First Team selection and his dad as WSL’s Coach of the Year.

Last fall, the young athlete also won All-Conference First Team for his work on the gridiron, as well as Quarterback of the Year, Player of the Year and an All-State pick, the latter of which will send him to the All-State game in Alamosa this summer.

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In addition to football and basketball, Hamilton has also played golf and baseball and ran track and field during his time at MCHS. He said he thinks football will be enough of a challenge for him in his college career, however.

"He has an amazing work ethic and his time management skills are incredible," said MCHS football coach Keith Gille, noting his obligations as a student, a five-sport athlete and employee of his father's outfitting business. "He's never missed a practice or a workout… Matt will face the next level of competition and I think he'll rise to the occasion."

Hamilton said he plans to redshirt his freshman year, which means he'll train but not compete. He'll most likely play as either quarterback or wide receiver.

"It's super exciting to see it all come together," Keri said. "He's worked very hard."

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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