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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #14 Kyle Hamilton, Safety

Kyle Hamilton was the crown jewel of the 2019 Notre Dame Football recruiting class. Will he find a role as a freshman?

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2019 season.

#14 Kyle Hamilton, Safety

Kyle Hamilton committed to Notre Dame in April of 2018 during his junior year of high school. He chose the Irish over offers from the Georgia Bulldogs, Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, Northwestern Wildcats, and Duke Blue Devils.

Hamilton ended his junior season as a 3 star recruit by most services. He had a meteoric rise as a senior and ended the year ranked as a 5 star recruit by 247Sports and the number one safety in the class. Kyle Hamilton is one of three freshmen who will be joining the program from the state of Georgia, tying a program record from last year, as the program continues to mine talent from the state. Hamilton hails from Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia and stands 6’ 3’’, while weighing 190 pounds.

He finished his senior year with 72 tackles, 8 defended passes, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 defensive touchdowns. He was selected as a 2018 USA Today second team All-American. He also took part in the 2019 All-American Bowl and was a Nike Football The Opening finalist.

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Notre Dame has a blank space under the list, “5 stars currently on the roster”. Tommy Kraemer (247Sports) and Daelin Hayes (Rivals) are the only other players on the roster that received a 5 star ranking from one of the three major recruiting services. Fans are more than happy to add Kyle Hamilton’s name to the list for the 2019 season. His potential is limitless but let’s give him a grace period to get acclimated with the college setting before anyone labels him a bust if he is not starting Week 1.

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2019 Outlook

As the highest ranked recruit in the class, it stands to reason that Hamilton will push for playing time at safety and contribute to special teams. He possesses elite ball skills and uses his combination of length and athleticism to provide excellent run support from the safety position. Kyle Hamilton is currently behind Alohi Gilman and D.J. Brown on the depth chart at the field safety position entering fall camp. It will be interesting to watch how quickly Hamilton adapts to Clark Lea’s defense. Although Hamilton may not have an impactful role against Louisville, you can bet by the end of the season he will become an integral part of the secondary.

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Kyle Hamilton possesses the measurements to become a true game changer from the safety position. Expect him to become the best safety that Notre Dame has had since Harrison Smith roamed the secondary.