Notre Dame commitments Kyle Hamilton and Andrew Kristofic have long been considered vastly underrated by Notre Dame fans and recruiting reporters. Those feelings were validated last week when 247Sports released their latest recruit rankings for the class of 2018. The pair both skyrocketed more than 200 spots in the rankings placing themselves among the biggest movers in the country.
Before last week Hamilton and Kristofic were both 3-star prospects on 247 Sports but both earned a 4th star with their huge jumps. Kyle Hamilton jumped 203 spots in the rankings all the way up to #156 in the country. Kristofic on the other hand shot up 212 spots and now sits at #137 overall the country.
After Kyle Hamilton’s performance at The Opening, it was only a matter of time until a rankings boost came. Hamilton turned a lot of heads at the event earlier this month and proved he was much more than a 3-star recruit. His offer list prior to The Opening alone was proof of that with offers from Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, and Ohio State. That is the kind of offer list that screams elite talent.
Ever since committing to Notre Dame it was clear that the Irish got a “steal” in the then 3-star recruit. Back in May already, Greg wrote that while Hamilton was Notre Dame’s lowest rated recruit at the time, he could very well be the best player in the class at the time.
At some point the rankings have to stop mattering and the eyes can tell the story. And if anyone needed confirmation that something may be amiss with where he is rated, in the month prior to his Notre Dame commitment, he unofficially visited Georgia (his home state school), Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, and Stanford. All of whom had offered him scholarships. It also happens that Hamilton earned an invite to the The Opening Finals in Oregon this year, so my guess is he won’t be Brian Kelly’s lowest rated recruit much longer.
And nor should he be. He has the physical tools, he has the game, and he has the instincts. And in my opinion, in a class with some very good players, Hamilton just might be the best one.
Props to Greg for being one of the first ones onboard the Kyle Hamilton hype train. That train has now left the station and is charging full steam ahead. 247 was the first to update their rankings on Hamilton, but Rivals will likely not be far behind.
Notre Dame now has three 4-star defensive backs in the class of 2019 with Hamilton joining Litchfield Ajavon and KJ Wallace.
Kristofic Stepping Out of the Shadows
Andrew Kristofic, a high school teammate of freshman QB Phil Jurkovec, has an offer list similar to Hamilton’s. Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, and Wisconsin have all offered the now 4-star OT. Again, that kind of offer list screams 4-star or better talent.
Kristofic was a key factor in Pine Richland’s state championship this past fall along with Jurkovec. With Jurkovec now at Notre Dame, the spotlight will turn to the offensive tackle who now ranks among the nation’s best.
With Kristofic earning a 4th star, all four of Notre Dame’s offensive line commits for 2019 are rated as 4-star recruits on 247Sports now. That is some pretty damn impressive recruiting from new offensive line coach Jeff Quinn.
Like Hamilton, Kristofic is still a 3-star prospect on Rivals but it seems as though it’s only a matter of time until Rivals awards him with a 4th star as well.