Tigers Lead for Another Top Junior

One of the top rising juniors in upstate South Carolina is ready to go on record with a clear leader in the recruiting process. CUTigers.com caught up with this outstanding defensive lineman earlier this week to get his thoughts on the recruiting process and also his upcoming junior season, in this exclusive interview!

DL Sam Hammond Profile

Sam Hammond, a 6-foot-3, 290 pound defensive line prospect out of Union High School is another rising junior is getting early attention from several schools across the south.

"Right now I am hearing from Clemson, Central Florida and South Carolina. I don't have any offers yet," Hammond told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

When asked if he has an early leader, Hammond responded, "Clemson is my leader."

The Union standout has also been a frequent visitor to Death Valley over the course of the past year. "I went to all of their home games last year. I also went to the spring game this year, he said.

What does Hammond like most about the Tigers?

"I just like them because a couple of Union players went up there. I like the coaching staff at Clemson. I like coach Blackwell. He is recruiting me for Clemson," he responded.

The Tigers have also moved ahead of the Gamecocks over the past few years for the talented lineman. "I always liked South Carolina growing up but now I like Clemson," he said.

At his size, it should come as no surprise that Hammond will be playing both ways for the Yellow Jackets in 2006. "I am going to be playing both ways this year. I am playing tight end of offense and I will be playing defensive end.

"I want to get to the playoffs this year. Then I want to get to the state championship game."

CUTigers.com will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defensive lineman from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2008.

Hammond and teammate Devon Thompson talk with Tommy Bowden at spring practice earlier this year.

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