Kiernen Hamilton a fabulous frosh


Kiernen Hamilton a fabulous frosh


Kiernen Hamilton is still only a freshman at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., but he’s already taking his game to a big-time level. On Saturday (Nov. 16), Hamilton and the Green Knights will play Don Bosco Prep in a game that will decide the state’s No. 1 freshman team.


With Hamilton already passing for nearly 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading his team to a perfect 9-0 record, St. Joseph currently checks in as New Jersey’s top-ranked team. The Green Knights edged Don Bosco 14-8 during the regular season, so the championship game shapes up as a great rematch.


And with Hamilton under center, don’t be surprised if St. Joseph caps off its season with a memorable win. “It’s a game I’m really looking forward to,” Hamilton said. “I’m definitely satisfied with where I am, but I have things to work on, footwork and stuff, reading coverages. But I’m satisfied wit how far we’ve progressed as a team since Aug. 2, which is when we got started. We’ve all worked really hard and come together as a team.”


Big-time size

At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Hamilton already possesses big-time size as well. He’s the second tallest player on his team, and Hamilton has already learned how to exploit the advantage. Hamilton is projected to grow as tall as 6-foot-6. “It helps me a lot,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to see over the line, and it’s a lot easier to read the defense because I can see the whole field.”


Already rated as one of the top freshman quarterbacks in the nation, Hamilton’s phenomenal freshman season got an early boost from NFA. Competing in the Duel of the Dozens at the legendary Paul Brown Tigers Stadium in Massillon, Ohio, Hamilton won the July showcase event in his age group.


“It definitely boosted my confidence because it proved that all of my hard work was paying off and it showed what I worked for,” Hamilton said. “I’m not cocky about it now, but it really helped me believe in myself. In games, it’s like if you’re down a touchdown and you have to come back, knowing I won the Duel definitely boosts my confidence and I’m able to make the throws I need to make.”


Hamilton has been attending NFA camps since he was in fifth grade, and the high-level training has helped him blossom into an asset on and off the field. “Besides mechanics, they’ve definitely helped me learn how to become a man, believing it’s not about you and worrying about others first and treating others the way you want to be treated,” he said.


When his memorable freshman season is in the books, Hamilton will turn his attention to his sophomore season. Given his current success, Hamilton has already set a realistic goal. “Starting for the varsity, that’s definitely my main goal for next year,” he said.


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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University