To say that Dominique Hamilton has logged some miles over the past month would be an understatement. His travels began towards the end of December with a trip to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He then returned to Missouri but left shortly thereafter to begin training for the NFL Scouting Combine in Atlanta, Ga. From there it was a trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a week at the East West Shrine Game.
That led to a trip to the west coast as Hamilton is now doing his training out in Los Angeles.
“Just the experience itself is fun,” Hamilton said. “But I didn’t want to move around too much, I want to just settle down and get this training going. It definitely messed up my sleep. But I’m getting back on schedule out here in California. The weather is definitely nicer.”
Hamilton’s training takes up a good portion of his time as he is out in Los Angeles for the first time in his life.
“I only know two guys out here,” he said. One of my guys, Trey Hobson, from MU is out here training too. Josh Tatum who used to go to MU is out here too. But that’s all the people I know out here. It’s a lot of relaxing time when I’m not training. It’s ‘me time’ and just concentrating on being great.”
Hamilton is used to moving around as his step father is in the Army, which meant his childhood included stops in Texas, Phoenix and even Germany.
“I’m liking L.A. now,” Hamilton said with a laugh. “Every time you leave somewhere you think you are not going to miss it. Right now, I miss Missouri a little bit.”
Although Hamilton has racked up some frequent flyer miles, it has been a productive month. The feedback has been very good following a strong week at the East West Shrine Game.
“My agent is hearing a lot of good things. Everybody is saying I’m a really big versatile guy. They feel like I could play nose, 3-technique, 5-technique. They feel like I could do a lot of things, whatever they want me to do basically. I’m just having fun with it.”
Before long, Hamilton will be on the road again when his journey will take him to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine in late February. Then it will be back to Columbia where Hamilton will return to his apartment and await Missouri’s Pro Day in mid-March.
All the time in between will be spent in similar manner no matter where Hamilton may be.
“I’m attacking every day and I don’t want to waste a single day because each day is going to be crucial. My only rest day is Sunday, that’s it. Every other day, I’m doing something. I’m out here working hard and trying to pursue my dream.”