Hammond planning Notre Dame visit

Picking up steam on the recruiting trail in the new year has been three-star Florida wide receiver Joshua Hammond. His father, Frank Hammond, talks about where Notre Dame stands in his son’s recruitment.

The early months of 2015 have been good to three-star wide receiver Joshua Hammond, who has more than doubled his offer list in that time span. The Hallandale (Fla.) High prospect added an offer from Notre Dame in early February.

According to Hammond’s father, Frank Hammond, Joshua plans to visit Notre Dame this spring.

“We are still trying to figure out dates and things like that, but I know we are looking to make a trip to see Notre Dame and Ohio State,” Hammond Sr. said. “We may try to extend the trip and see a few more schools in that region.”

Notre Dame’s biggest selling point for the Hammond family is its style of offense.

“That’s the main thing we like about Notre Dame,” Hammond Sr. said. “The scheme fits him. The way they use the wide out position, the really spread everybody around.”

With offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Hammond has yet to trim his list. A summer decision date is likely.

“He really hasn’t talked at all about schools he’s favoring right now,” Hammond Sr. said. “We still have plenty of schools to visit before he gets serious about a top group. I really don’t know what will help define his decision. Obviously, education is important. He does plan on announcing his commitment at the end of this spring or in the summer because he’s going to enroll early next year.”

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound receiver has already taken trips to Duke, Florida and North Carolina State.

Athletic genes run in the Hammond family. Hammond is the younger brother of former Florida wide receiver and current Kansas City Chief Frankie Hammond Jr.

“Joshua’s biggest strength is his versatility,” Hammond Sr. said. “He can suit up in the slot or outside. He’s an overall wide receiver.”

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