During the past few seasons, the Colorado football team has had great success in finding junior college transfers to bolster the defense.

The Buffaloes are hoping the trend continues, as they've been busy lately adding JUCO talent.

On Thursday, they added another, as defensive end Shamar Hamilton, from ASA College in Miami, signed his letter of intent. He is the fourth JUCO player to sign with the Buffs in the last month.

"I'm ecstatic," said Hamilton, who plans to arrive in Boulder next week and start classes on Jan. 17.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hamilton verbally committed to CU on July 24 and enjoyed watching the Buffs turn in a remarkable 10-4 season.

"They had a really good season and I was able to watch that, and it was really inspirational," he said. "To know that they didn't just say it and they really did what they were saying and I saw it, and it was beautiful."

Hamilton has three years to play two at CU. In 17 career games at ASA College, he accumulated 65 tackles, 10 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

He hopes to come to CU and make an impact as a rush end in the Buffs' 3-4 defense.

Last month, CU signed defensive linemen Javier Edwards (Blinn College) and Chris Mulumba (Diablo Valley College) and defensive back Dante Wigley (Holmes Community College. All of them are expected to arrive later this month.


The Buffs ranked 19th nationally in total defense (allowing 342.5 points per game) and 20th in scoring defense (21.7 points per game), but had eight senior starters they must try to replace next season.

The defense this season featured former JUCO players Jordan Carrell, Ahkello Witherspoon and Afolabi Laguda.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.