UGA target Kyle Hamilton will not drag out his college decision
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Tuesday night calls for a conversation with UGA safety target Kyle Hamilton.
Kyle Hamilton is a clear thinker. He doesn’t plan to take his sweet time when it comes to his college decision. He wants to make his commitment before the start of his senior season.
That sounds like what an all-state safety with a 30 on his ACT might be prone to do.
He recently told DawgNation that he plans to take visits to Michigan and Georgia in April. He also still needs to check out Northwestern. The talented prospect also just scheduled another trip to Notre Dame.
“Once I take these next two visits [to Northwestern and Michigan] then I feel like I should be able to do something,” he said. “I feel like if I’m ready to make a decision, I can make a decision then. I guess whenever it feels right to me now going forward, I will be ready to decide. I don’t really have a timeline for it.”
The Atlanta Marist standout could be ready after he sees Notre Dame again and gets to check out Northwestern and Michigan for the first time.
“I still have to take these next few visits and then evaluate after that,” he said. “But if I know what I need to know and the time feels right, I will probably pull the trigger.”
That seems possible given how quickly he streamlined his options earlier this month.
Hamilton said a bevy of trips earlier this month gave him the chance to process what he still needed to see.
“I was able to cut a few schools off after they offered me because I knew I was not going to go to school there,” Hamilton said. “I just looked at it long term and was able to trim it down quickly. I just want to consider going to places where I know I would fit in that would have what I need academically and athletically.”
He visited Clemson on March 3. Vanderbilt was the move two days later. Georgia was up next on March 6. His Notre Dame trek was on March 8. Hamilton then wrapped things up with Ohio State on March 9.
Hamilton named his final group of seven schools on March 11.
It sounds like speed dating. Really.
“I try to write things down from each place so it doesn’t all run together,” he said.
The next time I hear a recruit hemming and hawing and going on and on about how much time he needs to make such a life-altering decision, I will think about this guy and the barnstorming trek across college football that he took in eight days.
The book on Kyle Hamilton
Look for Hamilton to post a vertical jump around 35 to 37 inches when he tests at Nike’s The Opening Atlanta regional this weekend. His broad jump likely will clear 10 feet.
Some schools have told Hamilton he could get reps as a nickel cornerback. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound player was told by Notre Dame that he’s versatile enough to even play cornerback.
“They said they would put me at corner and if I do well they would keep me there,” he said. “If I do not, then they would move me back to safety.”
The majority of his college projections have him lining up as a rover or a safety. That’s the plan that Georgia has in mind for his skill set.
Hamilton now rates as the nation’s No. 70 safety on the 247Sports composite. That listing also values him as the nation’s No. 941 overall player.
Don’t let that mislead his worth. He said he was told by Kirby Smart that the Bulldogs would accept his commitment at any time.
So did every other school in this loaded final seven: Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and academic heavyweights Duke and Northwestern.
It will be one of those seven. He seems pretty set about that.
“For sure,” Hamilton said. “I feel like all of them have what I am looking for. I haven’t visited Northwestern or Michigan but I will see those schools next month. They all fit what I need. Academics. Athletics. They all compete for big things every year.”
He said all of those schools have been persistent.
“Georgia is on me pretty hard,” Hamilton said. “Coach Smart texts me sometimes. We go back and forth. We have built a very good relationship, too.”
Thank you to all of the schools that have recruited me throughout this process. These are the schools I will be focusing on. pic.twitter.com/M4NSGOEtrQ
— Kyle Hamilton (@kham316) March 12, 2018
Why is he not rated higher? Simply put, Hamilton has not exposed himself at length on the camp circuit. That’s where big-time juniors can get their name out there.
DawgNation was told that Smart only needed to see the first two plays on his highlight tape before he was convinced Hamilton was more than worthy of an offer.
The guest list for G-Day is starting to grow
Disclaimer: Yes, I realize that G-Day is scheduled for April 21. I realize that is at least 14 more practice days to go for the Bulldogs. But the list of recruits visiting for that event already is starting to fill.
I expect it to be a very stout list, just based on the players who have told DawgNation that they plan to be there. We’ll drop this guest list in the Intel blog from time to time and also update it when a big name or three pop up.
As of now, the G-Day guest list for uncommitted prospects looks like this:
- Bryan Bresee/5-star junior strongside DE/Damascus (Md.)
- Derek Green/3-star senior DT/Southwest (Jacksonville, N.C.)
- Kyle Hamilton/3-star senior S/Marist (Atlanta)
- Ryan Hilinski/4-star senior QB/Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
- Jaelin Humphries/4-star senior DT/Mountain View (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
- Derick Hunter/4-star senior DE/Dunbar (Fort Myers, Fla.)
- Travon Walker/4-star senior DT/Upson-Lee (Thomaston, Ga.)
There will be plenty more. But the fact we’re already going to start dropping in a guest list for G-Day this far in advance should be a reflection of how big we expect the turnout to be. Let’s be sure to remember that official visits can now happen during this weekend, too.
A quick word regarding Derick Hunter
Derick Hunter has shared some pretty interesting information and feedback with other media members regarding his recent visit to Florida.
My future coach 🐊 https://t.co/VzvkYKwT8Y
— Rambo hunter. jr (@hunterderick31) March 20, 2018
As a refresh on this subject, here are the many great things that Hunter said and continues to say about the prospects of playing for Georgia.
He rates as the nation’s No. 15 strongside defensive end and as the No. 186 player overall for this cycle on the 247Sports composite. The 6-6, 285-pound prospect from Fort Myers, Fla., still plans to commit to the school of his choice at an All-America game.
But he also told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi what he’s learning from the Florida coaches.
His Twitter bio also still says he is “Committed to ATD” and there is still that same dog emoji that has been up there for more than a minute.
It appears his recruiting saga will be an interesting one to follow.
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