Union (S.C.) defensive tackle Sam Hammond figures to be one of the top defensive line prospects in the Palmetto State for the Class of 2008 and currently has an in-state favorite out in front in a big way.
"Yes sir, (Clemson is my clear favorite)," he said. "I like the atmosphere, I like the coaches and I like it because I know a player down there (Rivals.com 2005 freshman All-American) Rashad Jackson."
Hammond is being recruited by Clemson linebackers coach David Blackwell, one of the top recruiters in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Blackwell has been largely responsible for the Tigers' recruiting success in the Upstate region of South Carolina, where Union is located.
"He's a nice guy," Hammond said.
Hammond has yet to pick up a written scholarship offer from the Tigers or any other program. He has four additional schools that he is interested in.
"I like Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, North Carolina State and North Carolina," he said.
Should the Tigers come through with a written offer, Hammond says he likely won't jump on it too early.
"I am going to wait and see what's all out there," he said.
He talked about himself as a player.
"I bring a little power, a little quickness a little bit, a little nastiness," Hammond said. "I think my season went ok, but it could have been better. I could have had more tackles and had more sacks."
Hammond finished with 35 tackles in 2006. He has yet to set a camp schedule.