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MSU commit wants offer from Tide, Ducks

8/17/2012

Gadsden, Ala. -- Four-star wide receiver B.J. Hammond committed to Mississippi State in June, but his recruitment looks to be far from over. For Hammond, the attention from other schools picked up after he made his decision.

“I thought it was going to slow down, but it’s picked up even more,” he said. “I was open for the longest time. When I committed, they knew I was serious about it, so that’s when they really started coming.”

Hammond says he’s still hearing a lot from Alabama, Arkansas State, Auburn, Purdue and Vanderbilt. Although he’s committed to Mississippi State, there are still two scholarship offers he would like to receive before he signs his letter of intent.

Alabama should come as no surprise, but the other offer may turn some heads.

“A lot of people don’t know that my dream school is Oregon,” Hammond said. “That’s my dream school.”

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver plans to take official visits to all three schools: Alabama, Mississippi State and Oregon this fall. He’s still undecided on where he will take his other two official visits.

Since his commitment, the UA coaching staff has picked up its recruiting efforts with Hammond but haven’t pulled the trigger on an offer. The in-state prospect knows the numbers are tight for the Tide, but he’s hoping to earn that offer this season.

“They’ve got five-stars sitting on the bench,” Hammond said. “They know I’m underrated, too, but they’re waiting to see. This is going to be my season to breakout and confirm all of these offers. Is he fast? Is he really as good as everybody says he is?”

For now, Hammond remains committed to Mississippi State and head coach Dan Mullen. The two have talked multiple times this summer about the interest from other schools and how to handle the process.

“Before I committed, Coach Mullen encouraged that I go get all of my looks,” Hammond said. “Ever since I committed to Mississippi State, he’s been like, 'You’re committed to us.’

“They do show me a lot of love. I was the No. 1 recruit up there over everybody. That’s one of the main reasons why I chose to go there. They were so committed to me, why not commit to them?”

Hammond and Gadsden High School open the season at Florence on Friday, August 31.