Hamlin seeks and finds Notre Dame offer

2016 cornerback Damar Hamlin of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic explains the roots of his Irish offer and why receiving a Notre Dame offer feels "surreal."

Damar Hamlin had his eye on a Notre Dame offer, so he went straight to the source to retrieve it.

"A few weeks ago, I DM'ed (direct message via Twitter) Coach (Brian) Kelly and sent him film of my junior season so far," Hamlin said. "That was the first time we had any contact, though I had been getting some mail. I guess that he looked at it and liked what he saw because he responded back that I should be expecting big news soon."

Last Friday, the 6-foot-1 1/2, 175-pound cornerback received that news in the form of an official offer.

"Getting the offer and actually having it from Notre Dame makes everything more surreal," Hamlin said. "It's such a great football program, and they have a lot of my tradition like my high school does now. A degree from Notre Dame would be amazing."

The Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic product says he doesn't have any favorite programs at this time. So far in the recruiting process he has taken visits to Ohio State, Penn State, Temple, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

"I don't have any scheduled right now, but I would like to get to Ohio State again," Hamlin said. "I'd also like to get to Michigan State and Notre Dame."

"I watched Notre Dame play Arizona State," Hamlin added. "I know they lost and were down by a lot, but you could still see they are just a really good team."

Hamlin is in no rush to make a decision.

"I'll take official visits most likely," he said. "Basically I'm (looking for) education and just what's best for me. I want to go to a school that can set me up for life after football."

On the season, Hamlin has tallied four interceptions, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks and five touchdowns.

"I'm really aggressive for my position," Hamlin said. "I come up and tackle and make plays whenever they are there. We blitz a little bit, but not a lot. I love getting in the backfield and trying to make plays behind the line. That's part of my game."

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