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Kyle Hamilton a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year Award

Irish Illustrated and 247Sports have said for a while that Notre Dame safety commit Kyle Hamilton is the real deal. The 6-3, 195-pounder from Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School, who pledged to the Fighting Irish back on Apr. 24, is ranked by 247Sports has the No. 22 overall player nationally and will finish his prep career in San Antonio at the All-American Bowl.

This week, the All-American Bowl Selection Committee announced that the class of 2019 prospect is up for the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The finalists include Hamilton, West Lafayette (Ind.) high school defensive end George Karlaftis, Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley high school defensive end Ty Robinson, and Baton Rouge (La.) Dunham School five-star cornerback Derek Stingley.

This is the eighth year for the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award. Past winners of the award include Derrick Brown, Jaelan Phillips, and Micah Parsons.

The American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year will be recognized during the 2019 All- American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Awards Show on Friday, Jan. 4th in San Antonio, Texas.

Regarding Hamilton’s potential, 247Sports National Director of Scouting Barton Simmons remains extremely high on Hamilton. Simmons lists his projection as “First Round” and includes a comparison to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. 

“Thin but broad-shouldered safety with long levers that is still early in his physical development,” noted Simmons. “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.”

About the All-American Bowl

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