Oklahoma Sooners: Jacob Hammond

Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Why OU isn't out of the picture for a four-star Houston safety.
  • An OU linebacker target who visited for junior day is taking his time and will visit other schools.
  • What the Sooners' newest commit brings to OU's future defense.
  • An in-state tight end is dedicated to becoming great. Will the Sooners offer?
  • Keep an eye on a 2015 in-state defensive back who is working out with elite DBs.
  • More on what went wrong with OU's basketball decommitment.

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Oklahoma basketball lost its only Class of 2014 commit Monday afternoon when three-star power forward Jacob Hammond (Bel Aire, Kan./Sunrise Christian) said he has decommitted from the program.

Hammond, who is 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, had been pledged to the Sooners since August and has been pursued by Lon Kruger and rest of the OU coaches since before his sophomore season.

Now other schools from across the country are starting to enter the mix, and Hammond said he wants to make sure he is making the right decision.

“I still like OU, but as of recently, I have had a lot of interest from schools in the Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and schools on the West Coast so I want to make sure that I am making the right choices,” Hammond said in a text message.

Hammond maintained a solid relationship with the OU coaches this last season despite transferring from playing in nearby Oklahoma City to Sunrise Christian, just outside of Wichita, Kan.

Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

February, 22, 2013
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Every Friday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • An OU commit is visiting another Big 12 school this weekend
  • A Watch List wide receiver has several ties to the Sooners
  • A San Antonio tailback knows about OU's tradition in the backfield
  • The Sooners have ground to make up with an in-state defender
  • LSU leads for a talented OU offer
  • One in-state athlete says he's a running back all the way
  • A 2015 tight end wants to hear more from the Sooners
  • An OU basketball commit talks about his move to a new school

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.


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Video: Jacob Hammond talks commitment

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Jacob Hammond of Duncan, Okla., became Oklahoma's first commitment from the Class of 2014. Bob Przybylo talks with the 6-foot-9 power forward about choosing the Sooners.
NORMAN, Okla. -- The commitment of Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) is a terrific coup for Oklahoma for the Class of 2013.

A four-star prospect with a 80 rating, according to ESPN.com, Woodard is one of the nation’s top point guards. The strong, steady guard is an ideal fit for the overall program and the future teams that Lon Kruger is looking to build in Norman.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comJordan Woodard is the Sooners' first commit for the Class of 2013.
Woodard is a team-first player who has an excellent feel for running a team. He’s not a dynamic shooter or unstoppable scorer but he makes his teammates better and helps his team win. He also rates as a solid defender who should be able to hold his own and possibly set the tone defensively for OU.

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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. If you’re looking for the best in-state post presence for the 2014 class, your search is over pretty quickly. Entering his sophomore season, it looked like power forward Jacob Hammond (Duncan, Okla./Oklahoma Sky) would be the guy. Those questions are gone. Hammond, who is now 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, is making a leap to another level. He has improved his outside shot and is intelligent when making his moves in the post. OU was the first school to show interest in him. Others are noticing now, but the early work has put the Sooners in great position.

2. Tough break for former OU sprinter Mookie Salaam, who had to pull out of the U.S. Olympic trials with a hamstring injury. Salaam came out of nowhere his senior season at Edmond (Okla.) North and earned a track scholarship to OU. He won the 2011 NCAA national championship in the 200-meter dash. He decided to turn professional and focused all his attention on the Olympics. But he was never healthy in trying to earn that berth. He holds the OU records in the 100 and 200.

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Kruger has made Hammond an OU believer 

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Sophomore power forward Jacob Hammond (Duncan, Okla./OKC Storm) said he has been traveling from school to school for a while now. Originally from Texas, Hammond is at his second school in Oklahoma in as many years.

But Hammond has found a home with the OKC Storm, one of the best homeschool basketball teams in the nation.

“It’s getting better with each game,” Hammond said. “Things have been picking up, and I’ve been getting more comfortable.”

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