Kyle Hamilton, wide receiver and defensive back, Marist.
Photo: Jenna Eason/AJC
Photo: Jenna Eason/AJC

Four Questions with Marist wide receiver/defensive back Kyle Hamilton

GHSF Daily is expanding its Four Questions feature this season beyond head coaches to other voices in high school football. Today's interviewee is Kyle Hamilton, an AJC Super 11 wide receiver/defensive back for Marist. His War Eagles defeated St. Pius 24-8 last week and will play at Mary Persons on Friday in the Class AAAA quarterfinals. Hamilton is committed to Notre Dame.

Kyle Hamilton, Marist wide receiver/defensive back 

1. How confident was Marist going into the St. Pius game after losing 17-0 in the first meeting? "I think we were very confident going into that second game. Obviously, we wanted some payback from the first game, so we came in with a chip on our shoulder and played really well. Our coaches did a great job coming up with the game plan, and I think that all of us buying into it gave us a lot of confidence. I think we played much tougher this game. It was a playoff game against our rivals, and I knew we were going to come out and play hard. We knew the tougher team would win, and we were just that." 

2. What's it like being a talented wide receiver in an option/run-based offense? "It is humbling, I would say. It makes you realize the importance of the team and blocking for your teammates rather than just individual stats. This offense makes catching a pass even more satisfying, but making a block that allows your teammate to score is even better." 

3. What do you like more, offense or defense, and why? "I would say I like defense more. There is a different feel and energy to a defense compared to an offense. I love flying around on defense and making big hits and just having that killer mentality that we as a unit aren't going to let the other team have confidence in any play they run." 

4. What's your advice to other student-athletes about the recruiting process? What have you learned? "I would say know what you are looking for in a school. It can get hectic at times if you have a large number of schools recruiting you, but if you can narrow it down to the schools that suit your interests, then it will be easier to pick the school you feel most comfortable with. I have learned that feeling at home and thinking you are a good fit at a school is much more important than any facility or stadium capacity." 

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