Raw, but high potential

Nebraska wants new recruit Jacob Hammond to be their go-to big guy.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Recruiting is the life blood of any program. When Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was introduced in March of 2012, most fans could tell Miles was ready to put the work in on the recruiting trail.

After landing players like Nick Fuller and Tai Webster last year, the coaching staff's hard work has paid off again. This time in the form of power forward Jacob Hammond, an Oklahoma product who is rated the nation's No. 24 power forward.

"They are amazing coaches and their enthusiasm towards the program can be seen. They are very excited for Nebraska's future. That really made me feel comfortable with them," said Hammond. "My decision was definitely a mixture of facilities, the coaches, and the city of Lincoln. Everything I saw was really nice."

Hammond talked with Big Red Report about how Nebraska sees him fitting in with their program.

"What they look for me to be is their go to big. Be there five man. I definitely can do that," said Hammond, who averaged a little over 12 points a game last season. "I'm going to start scoring more, that's one thing I'm going to start working on, but they want me to come in and in the first year make an impact as soon as I can. I feel like it's definitely something I can do and I'm looking forward to it."

Last season Hammond played for Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, but will be transferring to Comanche high school in Oklahoma for his senior year.

"It's great, to go in and just have fun during my last year," said Hammond when asked how nice it would be to have recruiting off his back. "It's definitely something I haven't been able to so far because of my recruitment. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Recently Evan Daniels, national basketball analyst for FOX Sports NEXT, saw the 6-foot-9, 230-pound prospect in person at the Pangos All-American camp.

"Hammond has a motor that is going to help him in a setting like this, and the Oklahoma native used his work ethic on the court to grab rebounds, scoring on put-backs and attempting to dunk everything whenever he got the ball around the basket. He's still raw offensively, but his long arms and motor give him a chance."

Hammond is the Huskers' first recruit in the 2014 class.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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