Last season Pine Creek brought home the Colorado 4A title on the strength of a talented and physical roster. One of the keys to the Eagles’ success was the play of 2016 Tight End Parker Hammond. At 6-4 240 pounds, Hammond is a physical blocker with solid athleticism who has already gained two offers. In the midst of a busy summer schedule filled with camps and team activities, Hammond took the time to talk football with PrepColorado.
What camps have you attended this summer?
I've attended camps at Wyoming, Colorado State, Colorado and will be at Air Force on Friday.
Which colleges do you feel are most interested in you?
Air Force, Northern Colorado, Wyoming, and Colorado have showed the most interest around Colorado. I have also been in contact with coaches as University of San Diego, UC Davis, Utah State, Purdue, and Cornell.
Of those schools which have made a scholarship offer?
Both the Air Force Academy and Northern Colorado have offered me.
What part of your game are you working to improve on?
At tight end, my route running is my biggest thing to improve on. I haven't played defense much the past few years but I have started to work my way in to some schools looking at me as a DE/DT so on the defensive side of the ball I would say technique would be the aspect to improve on.
What do you feel is the strength of you game?
I feel like one of my biggest strengths on the field is my blocking ability. Last year at tight end I blocked primarily and handled myself well.
You are a very good blocker and a very big young man, have any schools talked to you about playing offensive line?
Actually quite a few have placed me on their boards as either o-line or d-end. They see me as a guy that they can put weight on because of my frame and they see me now as an adaptive player that can block.
You team is very talented, what do you guys need to do to defend your state title?
Thank you. Our biggest thing coming into this season is meshing together as a team. We already know we have the strongest and possibly the fastest team Pine Creek has ever had (from strength testing) but it's finding that place or fire, as a team and everyone realizing what we are fighting for. That's what we need to defend our title.
What do you feel you bring to a college program?
I feel outside of football I bring an academically reliable player and a leader to a college program. In football, like I said earlier I have a frame that a college program looks at and see potential in size and strength. I'm a coachable player; I learned and played both offensive tackles and tight end. I bring my good technique and will bring fight to a college program.
Northern Colorado and Air Force were wise to extend offers to Hammond due to his big frame, form and coachability. First glance of Hammond’s 2013 film shows a young man that could do very well on the offensive line. In the Pine Creek O he is like an extra tackle and is a tough blocker once he gets hands on an opponent. With his frame Hammond could play on the defensive line and it is not difficult to project Hammond in the 280 pound range in a couple of years. Further, Hammond is athletic enough to play tight end and should get a few more passes his way this season. Hammond’s positional versatility will continue to catch the attention of colleges and he will, most likely, add to his offer sheet by the end of the summer.