On Tuesday, 247Sports released its list of the 32 five-star prospects from the class of 2019. Good news for Fighting Irish football fans — Notre Dame has secured an early signature from one of the nation’s truly elite football prospects.
Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School safety Kyle Hamilton, who inked with Notre Dame on Dec. 19 during the Early Signing Period, ended his recruitment listed at No. 15 overall nationally and secured that coveted fifth star from 247Sports. In addition, he is ranked as the No. 1 safety in the country.
“Watch this kid’s senior tape,” said 247Sports National Director of Scouting Barton Simmons during Tuesday’s five-star release on the 247Sports College Football Show. “It may be my favorite senior tape in this class. Kam Chancellor is a comp as a long-term guy because I think the way his body is developing, he’s already 6-3, 190 pounds, he’s got 34-inch arms, huge wingspan. He’s becoming a more physical specimen by the day and his senior tape relative to his junior tape, huge jump forward. So athletic. Georgia wanted him out of the state of Georgia, Notre Dame ended up landing him, and I think he’s going to end up as a big-time prospect in that defense.”
The 6-3, 190-pounder committed to the Fighting Irish way back on Apr. 24, 2018 over scholarship offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford and many other top programs from across the country.
“Definitely fit,” said Hamilton, when asked what was the big deciding factor that tipped the scales in favor of Notre Dame. “I know that Notre Dame is the place where I will feel most comfortable and become the best athlete and student possible.”
Safeties coach Terry Joseph, who took the play of Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott to new levels this fall, is credited as the primary recruiter for Hamilton. That relationship was a difference-maker in this recruitment.
“He is one of those coaches that seems like your father away from home,” said Hamilton of Joseph. “He will look out for you. He has been in touch with me daily.”
247Sports Evaluation from National Director of Scouting Barton Simmons
“Thin but broad-shouldered safety with long levers that is still early in his physical development. Basketball frame with outstanding physical upside due to elite length. Still developing in man coverage and organizing his movement but has naturally loose hips and good cover instincts. Plays with bend and movement skills of a much smaller athlete. Outstanding ball-tracking and ball-locating skills. Natural hands. Assertive in the run game, both in his willingness to attack blocks and as a finisher tackling in the alley. Plays with a high energy and effort level. Regularly hawks down ball-carriers in pursuit. Impact Power 5 prospect that has the potential to be the focal point of a defensive system. First round NFL Draft upside.”
NFL Projection — First round pick
Player Comparison — Kam Chancellor
As a senior, Hamilton played in the 2019 All-American Bowl in San Antonio. He was a starter on the East team. He was also a finalist for the 2018 American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year. Hamilton also earned Second-Team All-USA honors from USA Today. He was named to the 2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution 7-AAAA First-Team All-Region team and listed as the 2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution 7-AAAA Special Teams Player of the Year. He totaled 72 total tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 8 pass breakups, four interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. He also made plays on offense, totaling over 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns.