The Pulaski Robinson athlete not only stayed after school, but also came early. Sometimes he would spend the night with his coach and wake up at 3 a.m. to workout and practice.
“I would be tired sometimes,” Hammonds said. “You do what you have to do.”
His hard work paid off, as he averaged 187.9 all-purpose yards per game as a junior.
Hammonds rushed for 835 yards and six touchdowns on only 66 carries and caught 42 passes for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns. That is an average of 12.7 yards per carry and 26.4 yards per reception.
That production has caught the eye of several colleges. Tulsa, Marshall and Louisiana Tech have already offered him, but he believes some others are close.
“I’m pretty sure Arkansas is going to offer soon,” Hammonds said. “Boise State and Auburn, too.”
His most recent offer came from Louisiana Tech. When the Bulldogs’ coaches called to extend the offer, Hammonds was on his way to a basketball game.
“It’s always good to pick up an offer from a good school,” Hammonds said. “I’m blessed to have that.”
With many potential suitors, Hammonds has not decided which junior days he’ll attend, but he knows he’ll visit or go to camps at several schools this summer.
Arkansas, Arkansas State, Alabama, Auburn and Oregon are all on his list of places he’d like to go to this summer.
When he does come to Fayetteville, it won’t be his first time on campus. Hammonds attended the Northern Illinois, Alabama and Ole Miss games, as well as the spring game, in 2014.
“It was unbelievable,” Hammonds said. “I really liked it. It felt like a good place to be.”