Tyquan Hammock: 2009 Prospect

It's always a bonus when Notre Dame has a couple of top prospects that they can recruit from their home state. The 2008 recruiting class already has a couple players from Indiana, and the Irish are looking at several top juniors as well. One of the top junior athletes the Irish are showing interest in is Tyquan Hammock from Bishop Luers High School (Ft. Wayne, Ind.)

Notre Dame already has John Goodman penciled in their 2008 recruiting class, and they're going to take a long look at another Ft. Wayne product for the 2009 recruiting class. According to Bishop Luers head coach Matt Lindsay the Irish coaching staff has their eye on his standout athlete, Tyquan Hammock (6-foot-1, 215 pounds).

"We have heard from Notre Dame," coach Lindsay responded when asked if the Irish coaches had inquired about Hammock. "I do believe that he's been to a game this year. I've even gotten a letter from them saying that they're looking at him and if I want to come to a game, to come on up. I don't get too many of those, so it's a good deal.

"He camped at Notre Dame this summer and I think that's were he caught the eye of the Notre Dame coaches. I believe he was on the same camp team as John Goodman. I believe Tyquan worked out with the linebackers though."

Notre Dame isn't the only school that has been in contact with coach Lindsay. In fact, Lindsay has been working overtime meeting all of the film requests that have been streaming into his office.

"We've heard from quite a few teams," coach Lindsay said. "Notre Dame, Minnesota and Northern Illinois. I've sent film to North Carolina, Ball State, USC …all over really. I'm sending film to a lot of places. It covers the spectrum of conferences beyond the Midwest. I'm not quite sure he's going to be a national recruit just yet, but he certainly could be.

"His name has probably gotten out, because he's gone to some summer camps. Besides Notre Dame, I think he's been up to Minnesota, because his brother is on the new staff up there. I know he went to Northern Illinois because his brother used to be on that staff. I think coaches have seen him at the different camps and liked what they saw."

Lindsay needs to utilize Hammock where he can make the most plays. Like most elite prospects, Hammock plays several positions.

"We play him at linebacker, safety, and tight end," Lindsay explained. "We move him around on defense and he plays tight end on offense. He's a junior, so he's been in the program for three years. He started as a freshman. I believe we had him at defensive end. As a sophomore, he played middle linebacker and running back and now he's an outside linebacker or safety-type player, as well as tight end.

"He's aggressive and athletic. He's got 64 tackles, two sacks, eight tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, and he's knocked down three passes (seven games). We primarily played him on the strong-side, but the thought of moving him to safety was to get him in the middle of the field and to keep him from getting tied up with all of those big linemen… he probably plays better in space.

"He's probably an outside linebacker at the next level," coach Lindsay said. "He could play tight end too, but outside linebacker will probably be his primary position."

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