One of the country’s hottest prospects of late has been Atlanta (Ga.) Marist safety Kyle Hamilton.
Since late February, the class of 2019 recruit has hauled in offers from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Tennessee, among others.
Clemson was first among the aforementioned schools to offer Hamilton on Feb. 18, and he made his first visit to campus last Saturday for junior day.
“I really liked it a lot,” Hamilton said of the visit to TCI. “It was very impressive, the facilities and people there. So, it’s a place that anybody would feel great to call home.”
Hamilton (6-3, 188) toured the football operations complex and was wowed by all it has to offer.
“It’s just like one big playhouse honestly,” he said. “Obviously the slide, and then you have basketball courts and golf, a bowling alley, ping-pong tables, everything. That doesn’t even get to the weight room. It was really impressive along with the indoor facility. It was really impressive overall.”
The standout DB took in Clemson’s spring practice as well and liked the way the Tigers got after it on the field.
“Definitely a lively atmosphere,” Hamilton said. “There were a couple scuffles, which I really liked a lot. The coaches were getting after it along with the players, so it looked like a great environment.”
After getting the offer from Clemson via safeties coach Mickey Conn, Hamilton met him and his family for the first time and also spoke with defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
“I talked to coach Conn the most,” Hamilton said. “I talked with him and his wife and his family. It seemed like a great family, and he’s a really cool guy.
“We talked for a while about how he hasn’t signed a safety in two years and he thinks I can come up and make an impact early. I talked to coach Venables a little bit, and he also said the same thing.”
Hamilton subsequently visited Vanderbilt on Monday before going to Georgia on Tuesday and Notre Dame on Thursday. He will be at Ohio State on Friday.
He wants to narrow down his recruitment sooner than later and render a decision this summer.
“I obviously don’t want teams to just be waiting around for me, so if I make a decision, I want to do that as early as possible,” he said. “But hopefully I can cut it down after I take some of these visits and have some time to make a decision hopefully over the summer.”
Clemson is well positioned in the race right now.
“They’re definitely high on my list right now,” Hamilton said. “Definitely high up there.”
As a junior in 2017, Hamilton recorded 60 tackles, eight interceptions and six pass breakups. Offensively, he had 507 yards and seven touchdowns receiving for a Marist team that finished 14-1 and made it to the state title game.