Dynamic 2023 WR Books Notre Dame Official Visit

A few wide receiver prospects fell out of the regular discussion over time.

While Jaden Greathouse, Rodney Gallagher, Rico Floresand Ronan Hanafin have been prominent names as Notre Dame looks to rebuild its receiver roster, athletes like Tyler Williams and christian hamilton kind of faded into the background.

However, the latter (Hamilton) announced on Sunday he’s booked an official visit to Notre Dame on the weekend of June 17-19.

He’s the No. 171 overall prospect nationally, a dynamic playmaker both out wide and in the slot at six-foot, 175-pounds out of Harrisburg, North Carolina. As a junior, he recorded 46 catches for 855 yards and 12 touchdowns while shining at cornerback and as a return specialist.

Hickory Ridge High School head football coach Juniper Wilson – a North Carolina football alumni – raves about his star rising senior. According to Wilson, although a Top 200 ranking is notable, Hamilton may be undersold at that value.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever coached in my 15 years,” Wilson said in February. “When I first met him, I really didn’t know much about him. There were some kids that came from that middle school that had a little bit more hype than he did.

“I think he started for us the first game (as a freshman). In that first game, we weren’t playing well. He got some one-on-one coverage, and I got the OC to throw it up to him, and he caught a touchdown.

“He tried it again, and he caught another one. And we did it again. He caught another one. So, his first game as a freshman, he caught three touchdown passes on fades. I think we kind of realized that this kid is different than a normal freshman. He ended up having a great year. The rest is history in terms of the type of player he is.”

It’s been upward since then, Hamilton showing a knack for making flashy plays on Friday nights.

That talent has garnered scholarship offers from Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, and many others.

“His catch radius and his ability to go get the ball,” Wilson said in February. “That’s probably as good as I’ve ever seen. And then just the fact of your best player or your best receiver is probably your most physical kid, your toughest kid. That’s a big, big difference because I’ve coached some kids that were talented at catching the ball, but they weren’t as physical as that kid.”

With offers from Duke, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt, clearly, he’s a fit for Notre Dame academically too.

“In terms of academics, from the time that he got there, he’s had a real laid-back attitude. But academically, he just makes sure he gets his work done,” Wilson said in February. “Every time a (college) coach comes in and asks about his academics or whatever, I’m able to tell them, ‘Hey, he’s a 3.5, 3.6 (GPA) kid.’

“In terms of the type of kid he is, he’s really respectful. I’ve never heard a bad word about him, never gotten into trouble, no detentions, anything like that. And I think a lot of that stems from the grounding that he gets from his mom and dad. And my wife is a teacher. She taught him in eighth-grade. Just having a strong parental guidance for him and his older brothers and sisters have really grounded the kids.”

Hamilton took an official visit to Texas A&M over the Aggies spring game weekend last month. He’s set to hit South Bend in about three weeks, and North Carolina is in the mix too. And Clemson could be a player for his pledge.

It’s unclear how his recruitment will play out, no crystal ball predictions placed currently. And that’s part of why this is an intriguing visit opportunity for the Fighting Irish who could use a dynamic slot receiver.

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