Dayne Hammond is a 6-5, 195-pound receiver out of Youngstown (OH) Boardman. He finished his junior year with 58 receptions for 880 yards and nine touchdowns, on his way to all-league, all-northeast Ohio and second-team all-state honors.
In the Pitt offense, Hammond is seen as a potential five-back or nine-back. The five-back is a taller receiver who can also line up in the slot, while the nine-back is out wide counted on to be the playmaker. In spring ball, Mike Shanahan lined up at both the five and the nine, while Devin Street also lined up at the nine.
Hammond is suited for either of those positions, and had several opportunities to work one-on-ones and even get a taste for Pitt's system by running plays in a 7-on-7 format. He enjoyed working under receivers coach Michael Norvell.
"I talked to my recruiting coach at the camp, and I talked to coach Norvell," Hammond said. "I talked to (Norvell) for quite awhile, asking him what I can do to earn a scholarship to their school. He said they already have an offer out to a tall receiver, and they're looking to get two quick guys for this (2012) class.
"They really, really liked me. (Norvell) said I was one of their favorite players. He told me to work hard in my first three games, so they do come around. I talked to my recruiting coach as well; he's the defensive coordinator. I talked to him all camp, but it was mostly joking around. We were making little comments, talking trash against the corners. It was fun. He said I really opened up some eyes. I feel real comfortable. I loved the coaching staff at Pitt. I thought it was a great camp altogether."
One of the biggest motivating factors for Hammond coming into the camp, is that he felt he was a bit of an unknown. He felt the need to prove to the Pitt coaching staff that he could open their eyes. After the camp, he felt he did that.
"I feel like I had a very good camp," Hammond added. "I ran a good 40 time and had a pretty good broad jump. When I went to the camp, they didn't know too much about me. They didn't really know what skills I had. I felt going in, I was an underdog. Even when I showed up, they didn't get my name right. I went there with a little chip on my shoulder. I had to work my way in there.
"I'm really interested in the school. I was doing well in the drills during the 1-on-1's, and in the 7-on-7. I really brought attention to the coaches. I feel really good about the camp."
Hammond will be going to camps at Ball State, Purdue and North Carolina over the next week before travelling to Africa for a mission. He'll return to the States in early July. In the meantime, he'll be keeping an eye on Pitt.
"I like the way they like to spread it out," Hammond added. "Over the years, they seem to take advantage of the big targets. I like how the offense revolves around the deep ball. I'm a big fan of that. I feel like I can be a really big help. I'm going to try and stay in touch with them."