Notre Dame commit recap: Kyle Hamilton impresses on special teams again

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame’s commits combined for a 17-2 record over the weekend. ND Insider recaps how 19 Irish pledges fared in their games.

2019 S Kyle Hamilton | Atlanta Marist 59, Chestatee 7: Hamilton tallied his second game with two special teams touchdowns this season. He returned a blocked punt 27 yards and later housed a punt return 65 yards. The War Eagles (5-1) elevated their lead to 30-0 before the half on a 23-yard touchdown reception from Hamilton. He caught two passes for 36 yards and registered 2.5 tackles.

Hamilton’s three touchdowns increased his season total to nine. 247Sports recently named him the No. 22 overall player in the 2019 class, elevating him 136 spots.

2019 QB Brendon Clark | Midlothian (Va.) Manchester 79, James River 0: Thanks to Clark’s seven touchdowns, the Lancers (5-0) scored their most points in school history. Clark threw for 216 yards and five touchdowns passes of 47, 26, 27, 51 and 30 yards. He also added two rushing scores of two and 10 yards. Manchester led 65-0 at halftime and is outscoring opponents 312-18.

2019 RB Kyren Williams | Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney 34, St. Louis University High 18: Limited to 10 yards on three catches, Williams responded well on the ground. His 14 attempts went for 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He handed Vianney a 21-6 lead after scoring a touchdown on fourth-and-goal. The Golden Griffiths (5-1) are winners of five straight.

Kyren Williams’ TD run on fourth down makes it 21-6 with 8:34 left in the second quarter.

— Vianney Griffins (@vianneygriffins) September 29, 2018

2019 ATH Kendall Abdur-Rahman | Edwardsville (Ill.) High 57, O’Fallon 10: Abdur-Rahman shined in his return, scoring three times. He went 2-of-2 for 121 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for 16 yards and a score. The Tigers (3-3) scored 36 unanswered points to close out the first half. Abdur-Rahman suffered an undisclosed injury two weeks ago and missed the Alton High game on Sept. 21.

2019 CB K.J. Wallace | Atlanta Lovett 45, Towers 8: Wallace salvaged his team’s poor season with his best game of the year. He turned six rushes into 116 yards and three touchdowns. The Lions (2-4) also saw Wallace tally two tackles and a pass deflection.

2019 LB Jack Kiser | Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer 36, Knox 0: Pioneer’s closest game this season was still over by halftime. Kiser twice connected with receiver Calahan Kindley for touchdowns of 26 and four yards. He went 5-of-12 for 92 yards through the air and rushed 14 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

Kiser’s best carry came on a zone read for a 48-yard touchdown, handing the Panthers (7-0) a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. He’s found the end zone 25 times this season.

2020 QB Drew Pyne | New Canaan (Conn.) High 38, Westhill 14: The Rams (3-1) scored the game’s first 38 points, which all came in the first half. Pyne went 8-of-12 for 129 yards and three touchdowns. He found Wyatt Wilson for a six-yard score to take an early 7-0 lead. A 12-yard touchdown pass to Zach LaPolice capped off a 28-point first quarter. Pyne’s final score went to Christian Sweeney on a 35-yard pass, increasing the lead to 35-0.

2019 DT Hunter Spears | Sachse (Texas) High 23, Naaman Forest 6: The 6-4, 280-pounder impressed again with 7.5 tackles, four quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery. The Mustangs (2-3) allowed just 192 total yards and 76 yards on the ground. A late score salvaged a night in which Namaan Forest gained four yards or fewer on 48-of-66 plays. Sachse also registered a safety for a second consecutive week.

2019 WR Cam Hart | Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 56, Northwest 7: With his team leading 21-0 in the second quarter, Cam Hart sealed the victory with a 22-yard touchdown on a slant route. The Falcons (4-1) benefited from Hart’s defense as well. His toe tap interception led to another touchdown for Good Counsel’s offense.

2019 P Jay Bramblett | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest 21, Bob Jones 35: Five punts with a long of 59 yards resulted in a 47.8-yard average for Bramblett. He also threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-21 passing. Bramblett averages 45.28 yards across 25 punts this season. With the second consecutive loss, the Patriots (2-4) remain winless on the road.

@jbram_15 Jay Bramblett's 59 yd punt in the mud last night. 5 punts on the night with a 47.8 yd avg, with punts of 59, 58, and 54. His average for the year moved to 45.28 yds per punt, on 25 punts.

— Mike Bramblett (@recruitlookAL) September 29, 2018

2019 LB Osita Ekwonu | Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 28, Charlotte Latin 17: The Chargers (3-3) saw a dominant outing from Ekwonu, who clinched the victory with a forced fumble. He recorded 10 tackles and added 12 rushing yards on six carries. He now has 55 tackles, four touchdowns and 165 rushing yards on 27 attempts this year.

2019 DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah | Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic 59, Dallas Lincoln 0: Nolan Catholic’s disruptive pass rush led to its third shutout of 2018. Osafo-Mensah amassed four TFLs, two forced fumbles and two quarterback pressures. The Vikings (5-0) entered halftime with a 45-0 advantage, sidelining Osafo-Mensah for a large chunk of the contest.

2019 OL Zeke Correll | Cincinnati (OH) Anderson 20, Milford 56: The Redskins (5-2) pitched a shutout in the first quarter, but the game quickly went downhill. Milford capitalized from a couple fumbles and scored 35 unanswered points in the second quarter. The Eagles finished with 402 total yards. Correll’s push helped Bennett Snyder rush for 72 yards.

2019 DE Howard Cross III | Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 56, Paramus Catholic 14: The fourth consecutive victory for the Green Knights (4-1) came in suffocating fashion. They yielded just 45 yards and went into the break with a 56-7 advantage. The first-team unit allowed minus-13 rushing yards, and Cross recorded four tackles.

2019 S Litchfield Ajavon | Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal 34, Collegiate School 17: Running back Jaunell Walker paced Episcopal with 17 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns. The Maroons (3-0) held the Cougars to three points until the final quarter. Ajavon made five tackles, forced a fumble on a kickoff and returned it for a touchdown.

2019 DT Jacob Lacey | Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 55, Greenwood 7: The Spartans (7-0) returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for the touchdown. The rest of the night looked more of the same. Lacey recorded three tackles, one of which was for a loss. South Warren quarterback Gavin Spurrier completed 11-of-13 passes for 350 yards and six touchdowns. Senior receiver Clayton Bush hauled in five passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns.

2020 TE Kevin Bauman | Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic 35, Toms River East 0: None of Steve Lubisher’s four passing touchdowns were to Bauman, who posted low numbers again with one reception for 10 yards. The Caseys (5-0) also established a running game through Billy Guidetti. The running back ran on eight occasions for 101 yards and a touchdown.

• 2019 OL Quinn Carroll | Edina (Minn.) High 14, Shakopee 7: The Hornets (4-1) held onto their 14-0 lead, allowing Shakopee’s lone score in the third quarter. Edina will host Minnetonka (4-1) next week.

• 2019 OL Andrew Kristofic | Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland 42, Pittsburgh Central Catholic 21: Kristofic paved the way for running back Luke Meckler, who recorded 266 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries. The Rams (5-1) rushed for 364 yards and 428 total on the night. On the defensive line, Kristofic added two tackles and a sack.

2019 OL John Olmstead | Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph 27, Westfield 18: Olmstead’s push helped running back Jordan Davis to 139 rushing yards on 17 attempts. While the Falcons (4-1) won their fourth straight contest, they also snapped Westfield’s 22-game home winning streak. St. Joseph amassed 280 total yards — 182 of which came on the ground.

Bye week: 2020 TE Michael Mayer.

*Stats reported were provided by players, parents, coaches, MaxPreps and the following news organizations: Rowlett Lakeshore Times, WTVR-TV, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, WCPO-TV, Edwardsville Intelligencer, New Jersey Bergen Record,, New Canaan Advertiser and the Sporting Times.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly shakes hands with 2019 commit Kyle Hamilton following the Notre Dame-Stanford game.