The Pulaski Robinson athlete was woken up from a nap by his high school coach, who told him to call Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr.
Lunney then handed the phone to head coach Bret Bielema, who offered Hammonds his fifth scholarship offer.
“I was shocked,” Hammonds said. “I didn’t think it’d be (Bielema). I have waited my whole life for this.
“I’ve been saying all my life that I wanted to be a Hog, so it’s an honor.”
As a junior last season, Hammonds rushed for 852 yards and seven touchdowns on 58 carries and caught 41 passes for 1,172 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He also returned four punts for 122 yards and three kickoffs for 98 yards, while racking up 19 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal on defense and special teams.
Hammonds, who already boasts offers from Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Tulsa and Vanderbilt, is the fourth in-state prospect the Razorbacks have offered.
He joins Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones (who has already committed to Arkansas), Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim and Star City defensive lineman Austin Capps.
“It’s a privilege to be the fourth player because not many guys get a chance to be offered by the Hogs,” Hammonds said. “They take a long time to offer. I just kept pushing myself, so I’m proud.”
Hammonds said he will visit Fayetteville for Arkansas’ basketball game against LSU on March 7 and will tour the facilities.
However, he does not have a timetable for when he will make his decision.
“I want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing,” Hammonds said. “I don’t want to commit then de-commit from somewhere.”