The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Hammond is a top ten recruit in the state of Ohio per 247Sports and a Top 25 defensive lineman nationally. He chooses the Wolverines over offers from Iowa, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Washington, Kentucky and more.
The Wolverines just offered in January and quickly got this done with the defensive line coach Mike Elston who has been a very successful recruiter for the Wolverines since coming over from Notre Dame taking point. But he did have several experiences with Michigan prior to the junior day, including seeing a home game against Nebraska in November.
“My family and I have visited three times before the offer and we loved it every time,” he told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich. “They have played in the college football playoffs two years in a row and the academics are fantastic.”
Hammond is a multi-sport athlete who also plays baseball and basketball at St. Xavier. He was also once a standout swimmer. He finished his junior season with 41 tackles (seven for loss) and four sacks.
He carries a 3.81 GPA in the classroom.
“He looks like an odd front 3-4 end who can play the six or the five tech,” said 247Sports analyst Chris Singletary. “I think he can get to 280-290 pounds, solid athlete, he can get off the ball and there’s still a lot of meat on the bone and it’s encouraging that he’s a four-sport guy. I could see him being like Mason Graham . You can tell he’s fundamentally sound.”
The Wolverines have attacked Ohio harder in recruiting of late, landing several 2023 recruits from the state in late fall into early winter.
Hammond is now the fifth commitment for Michigan in the 2024 class. He is the second 2024 commit from Ohio, joining Avon offensive lineman Luke Hamilton.