Darrian Hammonds has big plans. And they stretch beyond his football career.
The talented running back from Arlington (TX) Seguin High will major in business management when he gets to college in 2016. While that degree could take him in many directions, he's got a concrete strategy for success.
"I plan on going to the NFL and I want to open up a couple of franchises. I want to open up a little restaurant and also want to open up some McDonalds and Taco Bells," he said.
Hammonds has become a name brand on the recruiting trail after rushing for 1,237 yards and 12 touchdowns on 179 carries last fall. He also caught 25 passes for 454 yards and four scores.
Hammonds is a handful at 5-foot-10, 230 pounds. He runs sprints on the Seguin track team.
Hammonds is scheduled to visit Iowa on Saturday. He said the Hawkeyes have been recruiting him since the end of last season.
"They love the way I run the ball. They like how I run and how I'm an all-purpose running back for my size," Hammonds said.
Assistant LeVar Woods is leading Iowa's recruitment of Hammonds.
"I think he's a great guy so far. He's pretty cool. He's an awesome dude and we're building a pretty good relationship. He stays in contact with me more than any other college. He always checks on me," Hammonds said.
"I haven't had time to study up too much on (the Hawkeyes) but as of now I know they have a nice pro-style offense and they love running the ball, which is great. And they have a great O-Line, which is good."
Hammonds said he'll commit to a school towards the end of his senior football season.
"When I pick a college, I want to feel like they care about me and want me to feel at home. I want a place that cares about academics as much or more than football because I can't play football without academics," he said.
Hammonds said that location is important to him but he's torn on that factor.
"I would love to get out of state but I also would love to be home," he said.