By December 05, 2016 at 6:32 PMon December 05, 2016 at 6:30 PM, updated
Add another thing to the list of similar steps taken by former Rutgers stars and close friends Darius Hamilton and Leonte Carroo.
Hamilton — the son of former New York Giants star Keith Hamilton — signed Sunday to be represented by sports agent Robert Roche of Chatham-based RSR Sports Management. The nucleus of Roche’s client base is NFL kickers but he landed a big fish out of Rutgers last offseason when he inked Carroo, who became a third-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins. Carroo said at the time that he mentioned Hamilton during his pre-draft visits with teams as a player to watch in the 2017 NFL Draft class whenever he was asked for his opinion. “You are getting somebody who loves football,” Hamilton said of his self-scout before Rutgers played its season finale. “I don’t think I’m a super-strong guy or a super-fast guy. There are a lot of things I have to work on, but I’m a kid who loves football. I want to get better at what I do. When you talk about me, you talk about football. And I take my job very seriously.”Hamilton and Carroo attended Don Bosco Prep High School together and committed to Rutgers as linchpins of the 2012 recruiting class. Both played as true freshmen. Hamilton would’ve been part of the 2016 draft class as well but he redshirted as a true senior in 2015 following a knee injury. He started all 12 games at three-technique defensive tackle and finished with 56 tackles including 2.5 for loss in 2016. It seems likely that Hamilton, a former five-star recruit, will find a place in one of the many postseason all-star games reserved for seniors. He finished with 166 tackles and 11 sacks in 51 career games. Carroo, who was nursing an ankle injury after his senior season ended, trained for the NFL Draft at IMG Academy in Florida and landed a spot at the Senior Bowl. Hamilton, who is on track to earn his degree in labor and employment relations in January, also will train at IMG Academy, according to a source.