Notre Dame keeps commitment streak going with three-star safety Kyle Hamilton

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The commitments keep on rolling in for Notre Dame.

The Irish received their fifth commitment in five days when three-star safety Kyle Hamilton announced his pledge to the Irish on Tuesday night. He shared the news on Twitter.

Very excited to announce that I am committed to The University of Notre Dame! Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to this point. Go Irish☘️!

— Kyle Hamilton (@kham316) April 24, 2018

The streak started on Friday with four-star offensive lineman John Olmstead and continued one per day with four-star safety Litchfield Ajavon, four-star defensive end Howard Cross III, three-star offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic and most recently Hamilton.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Hamilton was last on Notre Dame’s campus in March. The junior at Atlanta’s Marist School put the Irish in his top seven alongside Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern and Duke after visiting several schools in March. Hamilton did not immediately respond to Tribune messages requesting an interview Tuesday night.

A pairing of Hamilton and Ajavon gives Notre Dame some recruiting stability at safety, a position the Irish have had trouble with in recent years. That’s an important follow-up to a 2018 class that included three safeties: four-star recruits Houston Griffith and Derrik Allen and three-star recruit Paul Moala. The incoming depth at safety should greatly improve the personnel at new Irish defensive backs coach Terry Joseph’s disposal.

Despite his impressive offer list, Hamilton hasn’t risen very high in recruiting rankings. 247Sports slates him as the No. 25 safety in the 2019 class. Rivals pegs Hamilton as an athlete, a designation to players with multiple position possibilities, but did not include him on its list of the top 70 athletes in the class.

In his junior season at Marist, Hamilton tallied 60 tackles, eight pass breakups and six interceptions.

“He’s a good, solid player,” said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. “He has good range. I think Notre Dame likes his potential.”

The addition of Hamilton marks another sign of Notre Dame’s recruiting resurgence in Georgia. Before signing Allen, tight end Tommy Tremble and running back C’Bo Flemister in the 2018 class, the Irish hadn’t signed a recruit from a high school in the Peach State since 2014.

“We need to have a great presence there,” head coach Brian Kelly said of Georgia on National Signing Day in February.

Now the Irish have two Georgia products — Hamilton and cornerback K.J. Wallace — committed in the 2019 class.

“The most important thing is the Atlanta area because it’s such a rich area of talent,” Lemming said. “If they could start landing some of the big-name guys, that would be great.”

The first opportunity for Notre Dame’s eight verbal commitments in the 2019 class to sign with the Irish will come during the early signing period in December. Rivals ranks the Irish class No. 11 nationally. 247Sports pegs the class at No. 12.


— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) April 24, 2018

— Terry Joseph (@Coach_TJoseph) April 24, 2018

2 ELITE PLAYMAKERS IN 4 DAYS. Welcome to the Family!

— Chris O'Leary (@Coach_OLeary) April 25, 2018

Ayee my guy! Welcome aboard bro. Can’t wait till 2019☘️☘️ #FightClub19

— Litchfield Ajavon (@litch_ajavon) April 25, 2018 574-235-6214 Twitter: @TJamesNDI