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BUFORD, Ga. — Kyle Hamilton will be at UGA this weekend. He wants to size up practice and get another look at a program that is in the thick of his college decision.
The all-state safety has a highlight tape and skill set that defy his current 3-star rating, given he has committable offers from programs such as Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Hamilton rates as the nation’s No. 74 safety for 2019 in the 247Sports composite. That rating standard also tracks him as the No. 92 player in Georgia for this cycle. That, as the records eventually will show, will prove to be a pretty fluid rating.
He said he plans to take unofficial visits to Northwestern and Michigan in April. Those are the last two schools in his final 7 he needs to see.
Hamilton will take in a Georgia practice on Saturday, but he also will return for G-Day on April 21.
Kyle Hamilton’s testing at The Opening Atlanta regional
Hamilton ran a 4.79-second laser 40 at Nike’s The Opening Atlanta regional. That seems to be the subject of much discussion. But he didn’t downplay it or excuse it.
He developed a case of turf toe after his first attempt but didn’t back away from his testing. He owned it.
“That was a little disappointing,” he said. “I was thinking I would time around 4.6.”
But he also put up a 109.74 Sparq rating. That is the Nike standard composite testing method to measure an athlete’s overall ability and explosiveness.
He finished ninth in that rating and also second among all the defensive backs at that frigid event.
Hamilton also had a:
- 35.2-inch vertical leap (95th percentile)
- 4.25-second shuttle drill (97th percentile)
- 43.0 powerball toss (99th percentile)
That powerball toss came on the first time he ever tried that feat. He almost threw it past the tape. He also measured in at 6-foot-4 and 188 pounds. Hamilton was thought to be about an inch shorter.
He is that “twitchy” athlete in every sense of that term. He routinely clears 10 feet in the standing broad jump during private workouts. That shuttle drill also set a personal record. He usually tests around the 4.3-second mark.
That is pretty good stuff for a safety, especially one with Hamilton’s size and length.
What does Kyle Hamilton still need to see about UGA?
Clemson is going to get another visit, too. That is on top of the couple of trips to see UGA and those important fact-finding visits to Michigan and Northwestern.
He said he will not cut down his schools from his current top 7 but will make his commitment from that final group of contenders.
What does he hope to see from G-Day?
“I don’t really need to see much, honestly,” Hamilton said. “I just want to see the game-day environment, and I know the fans are crazy, but I just want to see that for myself. Also just try to get to know the coaches a little better.”
This has been a fast-forward recruitment when it comes to UGA. Since UGA coach Kirby Smart saw Hamilton’s film, the program has gone full-bore to impress him.
“I got there, and it was really impressive,” he said. “Everything they pitched to me. Their facilities. I know they are upgrading a little bit. But still. They were in the championship last year. It is a great place all around.”
There was a lengthy, important meeting that Hamilton and his immediate family had with Smart earlier in March. It sounds like every question was answered.
Academics? Check. Competition? Check. Playing style fit? Check. Student life? Check.
“They pretty much covered all of that,” Hamilton said. “Coach Kirby sat down with my mom and dad for about an hour or an hour and a half. We went over everything. He covered everything.”
John FitzPatrick, a 2018 signee for UGA, was his teammate at Marist. FitzPatrick continually is putting in a good word for the program.
“I see him every day in the halls,” Hamilton said. “He’s a great kid. He’s a great football player, too. He tests me every week telling me how good Georgia is and how the other schools aren’t as good as Georgia. It is kind of a joke, but he is kind of serious at the same time.”
The rising senior also shared the secret of how an elite football player scores a 30 on his ACT.
“You have easily 4 hours in your week where you can sit down and study your ACT,” he said. “That’s nothing. I just took advantage of that time.”
His junior film is most impressive. DawgNation was told that Smart needed to see just the first two plays before he knew the Bulldogs had to offer and muster up all the recruiting muscle they could to impress Hamilton.
Hamilton said the Bulldogs have indicated they are ready to accept his commitment at any time. No camp work is required.
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