Notre Dame has always been able to attract top tight ends, and despite Brian Kelly bringing his spread offense to South Bend, don't expect that to change. Ray Hamilton (6-foot-5, 235-pounds) had planned to take an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend, but the Irish will have to wait a few more weeks to host Hamilton.
"I'm not going to be able to make it this weekend, because of a scheduling conflict," Hamilton responded when asked about his plans to visit Notre Dame. "I definitely want to make it up for a spring practice and definitely come up and visit with the new staff. It would be a big plus to see the team work out.
"I have around 20 offers. The past couple weeks have kind of heated up. I don't have a top-five or anything, but I'm really interested in Notre Dame. They offered a little bit ago. There's only one Notre Dame, so when I got that offer it was pretty cool… pretty special. As I get to know the staff and get to meet the players, I'll be able to narrow things down a little more. I've already seen the campus and I really like it. I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame and I definitely want to get up there."
Hamilton still has a lot that he'd like to learn about Notre Dame and the new Irish coaching staff. One of the main areas Ray will be interested in learning about is how Brian Kelly will utilize the tight end now that he is at Notre Dame.
"It's definitely a big thing." Hamilton said. "I'm really interested in seeing how they use the tight ends. Being from Ohio and getting to watch Cincinnati locally, I did see how they used the tight end. It was unique over there, so I'm interested to see if it changes and if they use the tight end more frequently, especially with Kyle Rudolph there. With as good of a coach as coach Kelly is, I can't imagine him not getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers, which Rudolph has to be on that list.
"They were in different formations at Cincinnati than what Notre Dame had Rudolph in when coach Weis was there. He probably had his hand in the dirt more often. I'm sure he can flex out, I'm sure Rudolph can do it all.
"I think this year will show me a lot," Hamilton said. "Coaches can tell you that they'll do this or they'll do that, but when it comes down to it, you want to see it on film. Notre Dame is definitely known for its tight ends, so I'll definitely be interested in how coach Kelly incorporates the tight ends into his offense."
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