Hammond Chooses Cuse

Greg Robinson is building a foundation with hopes of turning around the Syracuse orange program, like any good program that starts in the trenches. on Wednesday, the orange secured yet another block for that foundation with the commitment of Ian Hammond.

Ian Hammond, of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Cal., has had himself an impressive week. The 6-4.5, 300 pound, offensive lineman earned first team All-Mission Conference honors yesterday and accepted a scholarship to join the Syracuse Orange.

"I called Coach (Chris) White and he gave the phone to Coach (Greg) Robinson, I told them I had a long talk with my parents and they support my decision to come to Syracuse, Hammond said.

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Hammond took his official vist to Syracuse over the weekend and he decided he had seen enough.

"The visit went great. There's not one thing I didn't like about it. The coaches and the players were great. I liked the town and the community it just seemed like the best choice for me."

Going from the sunny and warm weather of California to the sometimes not so good weather in Syracuse is no problem for Hammond, it's actually something he is embracing.

"i was watching the weather and they were talking about like four feet of snow up there, but I don't mind I wanted to get out of california. I was originally from Florida and we moved out here when i was 13, I haven't been around the snow, but I need to get out of here.

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Hammond was being recruited by Utah, Illinois, Hawaii, and Syracuse. The Orange were the only school to step forward with an offer. Prior, to the start of the season, Hammond was chose as a pre-season All-American by JCGridwire.

Hammond is on pace to receive his Associates Degree and graduate in December. He'll join the Orange in January and will have three years to play two. He'll major in physical education with the hopes of one day becoming a teacher and a coach.

"If the NFL doesn't work out then I'd like to coach. I want to get my masters also and you can't find a better school to do that then Syracuse.

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