Over the course of his high school career, Strom Thurmond’s Jauveer Hammond has proven he has many talents on the football field.
Now he’s going to put those skills to use at The Citadel.
The senior verbally committed to the Charleston military academy recently, choosing the Bulldog program over Presbyterian, Appalachian State, Catawba, Limestone and Charleston Southern.
“Basically because it’s the best opportunity for my future,” Hammond said.
He also noted that he was ready for the added responsibilities of cadet life, including cutting off his noticeable head of dreadlocks.
Hammond, who plans to major in accounting, was originally a cornerback for the Rebels before taking over as signal caller for his junior year. He didn’t stop his work as a defensive back on his own time, though, and was named the Defensive MVP for the IMG Academy’s All-Madden Mini-Camp in Bradenton, Fla., last summer.
He noted that he expects to get an opportunity at both quarterback and defensive back, and he even hinted that other roles might be in store for him.
“Maybe a little surprise,” he said.
No matter what spot he finds in the Bulldogs’ gameplan, he brings an explosive skill set. He completed 136 of 231 passes this season for 1,745 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he also rushed 201 times for 1,341 yards and 11 more touchdowns. In the Border Bowl on Jan. 12, Hammond also returned kickoffs for the South Carolina squad.
Rebel head coach Lee Sawyer said that Hammond was a “no-brainer” for the Citadel and that the Bulldog coaching staff felt they could use him a variety of places. Initially, Sawyer expects he’ll be used in one of The Citadel’s versatile positions that will allow him to run the ball and work as a slot receiver, as well.
“They like his play-making ability, and they actually like him as one of those slotbacks,” Sawyer said.
Hammond will not be the lone area representative for the Bulldogs. North Augusta’s Vinny Miller, South Aiken’s DeAndre Schoultz and Fox Creek’s CJ Williams are already on the roster for the Southern Conference program, as are North Augusta’s Charles Coleman and South Aiken’s Paul Brown.
“I didn’t know them, but they seemed like pretty good guys when I went up for my visit,” Hammond said.
Like teammate and Gardner-Webb commit Kenyatta Dunbar and others, Hammond is expected to confirm his commitment officially on Feb. 5, National Signing Day.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. Follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.