Hammond Gives UW Another Weapon

With Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst anxious to add another wide receiver to the 2010 recruiting class, the Badgers looked high and low for a big, talented and gifted wide receiver to add into UW's receiving unit. That hard work yielded Chase Hammond, who became UW's 19th verbal commitment for the 2010 recruiting class Sunday.

MADISON - Making his trip up to Madison for an official visit this weekend, Boardman High wide receiver Chase Hammond knew that if he liked what the University of Wisconsin had to offer, he wasn't going to wait on giving the Badgers his commitment.

Needless to say, Hammond and Wisconsin fit like a glove, as the talented wide receiver gave his verbal committment to UW coach Bret Bielema and the Badgers, becoming the 19th verbal in the 2010 recruiting class.

"I had a few offers from the MAC, but the one from Wisconsin late got me excited," Hammond told Badger Nation first Sunday. "I went up there with my dad and loved the coaches, loved the players and the academics, which is what sold me. They have a law school and I am interested in going to law. I talked to one of the professors there and after talking to my parents, felt it was a great choice for me."

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hammond, who reported 67 catches for 1,100 yards and three touchdowns last season, didn't know much about Wisconsin when the Badgers offered him only a few weeks ago, which was why he was so anxious for his visit.

Driving around campus after arriving Friday with his dad, Hammond drove on to check things out and liked what he saw. On Saturday meeting with all the different people that would impact his college career, Hammond really liked the place.

"The people there really surprised me," Hammond said. "I wasn't sure what to expect and everybody had a good way of going about themselves. The campus there is just beautiful and it's a beautiful place. Overall, the whole place just sold me with its great academics, beautiful campus and great football team run by great people."

Sitting down with his dad and giving his mom a call, the decision to commit to Wisconsin over his other five scholarship offers was the best early Christmas present Hammond could give himself.

"This morning, we had a meeting with Coach Bielema and talked about the visit and I told him that I loved it all," Hammond said. "He told me that whenever I am ready to jump in, just to let him know. My dad then said he talked to my mom last night after I had talked to her and that she thought this was the right place and where I needed to be. He told me I couldn't slack off in such a good place like this. I told (Coach Bielema) that I was ready to commit and he jumped up and gave me a little hug. We were laughing, joking and smiling and it was a good deal."

Hammond joins Madison East wide receiver Marquis Mason as the other wide receiver recruit in the 2010 recruiting class.

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