Last season for Lakeland High Hammond pulled down six passes for 110 yards in a primarily run-heavy offense. His 6-5, 215-pound frame and blocking ability helped earn him first team all-county, second team all-district and third team all-state. He amassed 24 offers from around the nation.
"I had surgery on the 12th and I'm feeling real good," said Hammond. "I'm rehabbing it right now, and I'm actually ahead of schedule."
Hammond said that LSU coaches have been mostly concerned with his recovery, telling him that his surgery is common now a days.
"They text me a lot and just check up on me," said Hammond. "They're trying to get me up there for camp on the 20th. I'm not going to participate but it will be an unofficial visit."
Hammond said he is being recruited by coaches Earl Lane and Josh Henson and that he has recently spoken with Les Miles.
"We just talked about getting to the campus and checking it out," said Hammond. "We also talked about me maybe playing some different positions. He mentioned the D-line maybe, and even possibly some linebacker."
Hammond said he is very firm in his commitment and chose LSU for a few reasons.
"LSU is the best school in the south," said Hammond. "They're the best school in the SEC and always one of the top in the entire nation. I'm still very solid in my commitment."
Hammond said his surgery will affect his playing time for his senior season.
"I'm going to come back later in the season, probably about half way through," said Hammond.
Note** Hammond finished last semester with a 3.3 and scored a 21 on his ACT and a 1040 on his SAT.
Hammond still solid on LSU
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