The Hammer Feeling Good Vibes

John Goodman helped quarterback his Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger team to a win, but the Notre Dame verbal commit took plenty of shots from Bishop Luers linebacker Tyquan Hammock, on that fall Friday evening this past season.

"I had five sacks that game, but we lost by a touchdown," Hammock stated.

When someone is hitting one of your own, you take notice. And Notre Dame notices Tyquan Hammock, a.k.a, the Hammer.

During the season, Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown dropped by the school to check out the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker.

"He couldn't talk to me, but I gave him a head nod and acknowledged he was there," Hammock said. He is one of the state's best in the class of 2009.

Minnesota and Northern Illinois have already acknowledged Hammock with scholarship offers. His brother Thomas is a Northern Illinois grad, and the running backs coach for the Golden Gophers. Purdue, Boston College and Iowa are a few other of the many programs showing Hammock heavy interest.

In helping Bishop Luers to a 2-A state championship, Hammock had 164 total tackles, 21 of those coming for loss with 13 sacks. He forced seven fumbles and recovered four.

Hammock has camped at Notre Dame, and made it up to South Bend for the Boston College and USC games this past season.

"The experience was amazing as far as the atmosphere, and watching the guys come on the field, and being on the sideline and watching them warm up," Hammock explained. He also took an unofficial trip to Purdue. "It's mind blowing to say I might be playing here or anywhere in the next two years or so when I get out of high school."

Members of the Irish coaching staff, particularly Rob Ianello, kept in contact during the football season with letters.

"When I did go up there, they knew me personally, which they do, so it's a good connection between us. The vibes I feel from them are good vibes."

Hammock, who has a 2.8 GPA, was feeling good vibes in San Antonio, Texas, when he was down there for the U.S. Army National Combine featuring a lot of the nation's top juniors, Jan. 5.

"I did real well," Hammock said. "I stood out in one on ones. I was going against some running back from Florida, and then another one from Chicago, and that's what made me get the looks I was able to receive. I was asked to go to another camp, I forget the name, it will be held in Chicago. And I talked to the owner of the (Army) game, so I was getting looked at a lot I think."

Because of a strained hamstring, Hammock did not run the 40-yard dash at the combined held inside the Alamo Dome. He said he ran a 4.68 at a camp during the summer before the season.

Hammock repped 185 pounds 19 times on the bench press. He reported a max of 320 pounds, and a squat of 450.

Hammock will participate at the upcoming Nike combine in Indianapolis, and will play in seven-on-seven tournaments with his team at Ohio State, Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio this summer. He isn't sure what camps he'll go to.

One thing Hammock is sure of, is he's glad he won't be playing against Goodman next season.

"He was a really good quarterback, but his presence to be able to work in open space made him a threat no matter what position he played," Hammock said. "Me as an outside linebacker, I just tried to contain, and rush hard on the outside and force him up the middle. If he gets to the outside, it's lights out." Top Stories