Large Wideout Checks Out Auburn Junior Day

A football recruiting report is featured on Gadsden City High's B.J. Hammond.

Gadsden, Ala.--B.J. Hammond is expected to be one of the top in-state wide receiver prospects for the 2013 signee class with his combination of size and athletic ability.

After attending Auburn's Junior Day on Saturday that featured several dozen football prospects, the Gadsden City High School player said that Auburn is a program he is considering for multiple reasons.

One of those is Trooper Taylor, who is going into his fourth season as Auburn's receivers coach. "I have got to love Troop," he says. "He is real cool waving that towel everywhere."

Hammond points out he got to talk to Taylor some on Saturday and they will talk more down the road.

Taylor and the Tigers are looking for big receivers and Hammond certainly fits that description. "I am up to 6-4, 214 pounds," the 17-year-old junior says.

"I am constantly trying to get bigger and I am constantly working trying to get faster," he adds. "I want to be ready to play with SEC caliber players and to do that you have to work to get better.

"It is important to be strong," he says. "Football in high school is a contact sport. Football in the SEC is a collision sport."

B.J. Hammond is shown during his junior season.

Hammond notes that he has early offers from SEC programs such as Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State following a solid performance as a junior despite not being full speed the whole fall.

"I think I had about 30 catches for about 600 yards," he says. "I had some games I didn't touch the ball because I was hurt."

One of the things that perked his interest at the Auburn junior day was the attention to detail in making sure the athletes stay as healthy as possible. "The way they take care of injuries stood out to me," he says. "A lot of colleges care about their players, but they don't have that personal relationship with Dr. (James) Andrews or whoever the doctor is."

Hammond says that he is still learning about colleges and notes that he is going to meet with his coaches this week who told him that more scholarship offers are on the way. "I am real open to anybody," he says.

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