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Brian Kelly Jokes About Star Freshman's Heisman Hype

A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.

SOUTH BEND, IN - AUGUST 31: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Temple Owls on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Notre Dame freshman safety Kyle Hamilton was among the highest-rated recruits in his class and fans are excited to see him this year. And after a very impressive offseason filled with highlights, even head coach Brian Kelly can't hide his excitement.

Speaking to the media this past week, Kelly jokingly said he's trying to "tamp down Kyle Hamilton for Heisman." But he did concede that Hamilton has "a unique skill set" and has been showing how good a player he is.

“As much as I’ve been trying to tamp down Kyle Hamilton for Heisman, he’s a really good player,” Kelly finally admitted. “He’s a really good player that has showed up every day in some fashion. He has a unique skill set.”

According to, Hamilton has already demonstrated elite ball-hawking abilities. He is estimated to have recorded at least ten interceptions in less than 15 Notre Dame practices.

Kelly went on to point how just how unique of a physical specimen Hamilton is. His combination of size, range and length can allow him to thrive as a pass defender.

“His size. 6’3″, 6’4″, very unique to have the suddenness and change of direction which offers him incredible range, obviously, and length as a pass defender,” Kelly said.

Coming out of high school, Hamilton was considered a four-star prospect and the No. 60 overall recruit in the country. Per 247Sports he was the No. 5 safety in the nation and the No. 9 prospect from the state of Georgia.

Though Hamilton realistically has a miniscule chance of winning the Heisman, shining this early bodes well for his career.

Notre Dame fans definitely have plenty of reasons to be excited for 2019.