“I just like Auburn overall,” the 6-5, 330 Hamm said. “They’ve got everything I want. The Tigers make me feel like I'm at home. I could say the same thing about Tennessee, but there's just something about them Tigers. War Eagle. I like Coach (J.B.) Grimes and the way he coaches."
Coming back from an injury that slowed him during his junior season at Spalding High, Hamm is rated as a guard by Scout, but is expected to get his first look at offensive tackle for the Tigers in 2016. With an 83-inch wingspan and a basketball background, he’s a player with a load of potential on the next level and is back to 100 percent heading into the season.
"They said they like my ability and my quickness," Hamm said of Auburn. "They like my IQ for the game and they know I'm strong, but when I get there I'm going to get even stronger.
"They really haven't said yet (where he will play)," he added. "They are looking at me at tackle and guard. It doesn't matter to me."
Something that came up big for Auburn was his relationship and comfort level with Coach J.B. Grimes. A veteran coach and old-school in the way he does things, Grimes was someone Hamm said he felt very comfortable with.
“He is pretty much like my coach is,” Hamm said. “He’s on his players watching every little thing. He’s just being an offensive line coach.
"That was very important for me," he added of making several visits to learn more about Grimes. "I know what he's about and he knows what I'm about. We've got a bond and know what to expect from each other."
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