2017 WR makes Irish stop

K.J. Hamler started the weekend with a standout performance at the EFT Football Academy adidas Showcase outside Chicago. The sophomore receiver from Michigan finished it with a Sunday stop in South Bend.

K.J. Hamler hit the road last weekend to show his offseason gains.

Dozens of top prospects from the region joined Hamler, a sophomore wide receiver from Orchard Lake, Mich., at the EFT Football Academy adidas Showcase outside Chicago for a day of testing and competition. Hamler left one of the event’s standouts.

“I think I was able to show my speed during (the) 40,” Hamler said. “I ran a 4.37 there. I showed basically I’m a playmaker. I can go against any top player in the country or the state. I’m a good route runner and I have good quickness and ability. I think I did good at the camp.”

Several programs have already identified Hamler as one of the Midwest’s top receivers for the Class of 2017.

Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio, Toledo and West Virginia have offered scholarships. Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee are among those expressing interest.

Hamler made a stop at Notre Dame on Sunday on the way home from the adidas Showcase.

“It was very good,” Hamler said. “Nice campus, beautiful place. I didn’t meet the coaches or the players (Sunday) because they didn't have practice and I didn’t see them. We just toured around the facility and walked around the stadium.”

Notre Dame also hosted the 5-foot-9, 150-pound prospect last summer for Irish Invasion camp. He plans to get back again for camp down the road.

“I like the tradition of the school,” Hamler said. “A lot of great players have come out of that program and I think the coach is a very good head coach. I think I could be a good fit there. I just have to go up there for more visits and create a bond with the players and the coaches, create a relationship with them.”

Other upcoming unofficial visits are likely to include Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia. Northwestern is another possibility.

Hamler doesn’t expect to make a verbal commitment any time soon.

“I’m looking for basically a family,” Hamler said. “Somewhere that treats me like one of them. I want to build a great relationship with them. I want to be in a winning program and I want to be a big playmaker on the team, build a good relationship with the coaches and the players.”

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