One of Clemson’s latest scholarship offers went out Sunday to Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School safety Kyle Hamilton.
“It felt great,” Hamilton said of the offer. “It’s obviously a great school, always competing for a championship. It’s one of those schools where it’s just eye-opening. We’ll see what else is to come.”
A lot of offers have come in this calendar year for Hamilton, a fast-rising class of 2019 prospect.
Since late January, Hamilton has collected a dozen offers including Power Five offers from NC State, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia.
The recruiting process has been a fun ride thus far for Hamilton, who at one time didn’t think he would be a college football player.
“It’s been really cool,” he said. “I actually grew up thinking I was going to play basketball in college, but it turned out I was really good at football. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime process you go through, and I’m just enjoying it.”
After Clemson checked out his junior season highlight tape, safeties coach Mickey Conn informed Hamilton of his newest offer from the Tigers on Sunday via a phone conversation.
“He said he loves my range and ground I can cover, and potential and upside,” Hamilton said. “He said he really liked my film. They watched it, and he called me and offered me.”
Hamilton (6-3, 185) is now set to visit Clemson for the first time on March 3, when the Tigers will hold their next junior day.
“(I want to) get a feel for the campus life, see how the coaching staff is and how the players relate to the coaches,” he said, “and just see if I’d be a good fit there.”
Hamilton is hoping to sign during the early signing period in December. In addition to the schools that have offered, Hamilton cited Notre Dame, Purdue and Cal as a few of the other schools showing interest.
It’s early in his recruitment, but Hamilton said Clemson is in a great spot right now after pulling the trigger on an offer.
“Obviously Clemson carries a large weight to its name,” he said. “Everybody respects Clemson a lot. It’s always known as one of the best teams in the country. Obviously they’re high up right now because Clemson alone, it’s a great program. You can’t really go wrong with it.”
Hamilton has also scheduled a visit to Duke this weekend and Northwestern in April. He has visited Alabama, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech to date.
As a junior in 2017, Hamilton recorded 60 tackles, eight interceptions and six pass breakups. Offensively, he had 20 catches for 507 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver for a Marist team that finished 14-1 and made it to the state title game.