Hammond happy with Saban's style

Alabama hosted plenty of top prospects over the weekend for its second big junior day of the cycle, and Nick Saban spent time with as many as he could before he had to leave. Deven Hammond was one of the few that got one-on-one time with the coach, and most of what he said resonated with the Louisiana junior. Get inside for more, including return visit plans.

Without an offer at this point in the process, class of 2015 Port Allen (La.) defensive back Deven Hammond remains optimistic that things will change soon.

He has been to several SEC schools early on in the process, and what he found out at Alabama over the weekend only helps with his mindset as he looks for a program to break the ice.

"It went well," he said of the day.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect couldn't stop talking about his time spent with Nick Saban, though brief on this day.

"He really loves me as a DB," Hammond said. "He said I have a rare talent to play both corner and safety. He wants me to come back on April 19th, the spring game, so we can have a more time together because he had to leave on a flight a few minutes after we started talking.

"He wants to see me do good in camp, and they'll offer."

Saban was pretty straight-forward with the junior, who also visited Mississippi State over the weekend, which is a style of recruiting he prefers.

"He said he's not sugar-coating anything, he's telling it straight from the horse's mouth," Hammond said. "I like that. I hate when colleges lie or sugar coat things. I want to hear the facts."

While he may learn more in person next month for A-Day, camp in Tuscaloosa is now one of the priorities for his recruitment. An offer from the SEC power could go a long way for the junior in many respects.

"It would be huge, it's like all the colleges that want to offer me are playing the waiting game," he said. "So when I get my first official offer, the flood gates will pour open!"

Hammond, in between touring the campus, facilities and spending more time with the coaches and current players, also got the chance to meet A.J. McCarron and fellow Louisiana native Kenny Bell as each prepares for the next level.

Even still, there was a no-brainer response when Hammond was asked about the best part of his day on campus.

"Just having the opportunity to speak one-on-one with one of the best college coaches in the game of football," he said. "It just humbles me."


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