Kyle Hamilton Enjoying Himself At All-American Bowl

January 2, 2019
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Kyle Hamilton‍ is spending the week in San Antonio for the All-American Bowl, formerly the U.S. Army Bowl.

So far, so good for the 2019 Notre Dame safety signee.

“It’s great,” Hamilton said from Texas on Wednesday. “I’m having a fun time. There’s a lot of good competition here.”

The highest-ranked Notre Dame signee, according to ISD, is just looking to improve.

“Hopefully just getting a lot better,” he said of his goals during his time this week. “I haven’t gone against people this good really ever. I’ve gone against good people, but the concentration of talent here is amazing. I know I’m going to get better playing with these guys.”

The Atlanta native is also honored to be playing in a game he paid attention to as a kid.

“I’ve grown up watching this game,” he said. “All of these NFL players have gone through here and all of these great guys. Hopefully, I can just be the next one in line.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder will play safety when he gets to South Bend, but said he’s spent a little bit of time playing cornerback so far in Texas.

“Just improve my coverage skills,” he said of what he can get out of cross-training.

The energy of the practice sessions should also help Hamilton’s transition from Marist School to Notre Dame.

“Fast-paced practicing is helping a lot,” he said. “In high school, we don’t really practice as much at a fast pace, so this kind of helps for college.”

Hamilton is one of four Notre Dame signees playing in the game, along with offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic‍, defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah‍ and punter Jay Bramblett‍.

“We’ve been talking throughout the process,” Hamilton said of his future teammates. “We’ve been eating dinner and stuff like that, so it’s pretty cool to get to know them.”

Hamilton has also spent time with a pair of uncommitted Irish targets, linebacker Asa Turner‍ and defensive end Isaiah Foskey‍.

“I’ve talked to them about it,” he said. “Just tell them that Notre Dame is the place to be, great academics and one of the best football programs in the country. There’s nothing not to love. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Hamilton acknowledged it’s “a little bittersweet” knowing Saturday will be his last football game as a high-schooler.

“It means I’m done with high school, but moving on to college should be cool too.”

 
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