Bloomington, Ind. – Another big weekend of Junior Day visitors has resulted in at least one new scholarship offer from the IU staff.
On Sunday, Coach Bill Lynch offered 6-1, 215-pound linebacker Tyquan Hammock during his stopover in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are the third school to offer the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers H.S. standout, joining Northern Illinois and Minnesota.
"Initially when I got there they said they liked my film and tape, and I thought maybe they'd offer," said Hammock. "But it did surprise me a little bit that they did offer me while I was still there."
There was plenty for the IU staff to like about Hammock. A big-hitter with 4.7 speed in the 40, Hammock totaled 164 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and seven forced seven fumbles as a junior to help his team to the Class 2A state title. He was at his best in Luers' 21-6 championship game win over Heritage Christian, totaling 10 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
He was also recently one of approximately 500 juniors invited to San Antonio to compete in the U.S. Army All-America combine.
"The IU staff said they like the level of intensity that I play with and the heart that I play with," said Hammock. "They like how I fly around the field and am a big hitter."
Hammock, meanwhile, said he was impressed with what he saw during his time in town. In addition to talking to the coaches and viewing a highlight tape of the 2007 season, the recruits also toured the facilities and looked at what everything will look like once the current construction project is completed.
"They seem to be on the up and up, and the staff seems really relaxed and homey," Hammock said. "It seems like a place I'd fit in. As far the facilities, they are nice with the addition that they're adding."
While Indiana has its foot in the door with Hammock, things more offers figure to be coming soon for the Ft. Wayne standout. Programs such as USC, Notre Dame, Boston College, Purdue and Iowa are among those who have been keeping an eye on him as well. Even Minnesota figures to be a program given serious consideration since Tyquan's brother, Thomas, is an assistant coach on Tim Brewster's staff.
Hammock attended a Junior Day last weekend at Northwestern, and said he has upcoming Junior Day stops planned for Michigan State, Notre Dame and Purdue.
"Everything right now is wide open," said Hammock. "It's early – I haven't limited myself at all."
Ft. Wayne Standout Earns IU Offer
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