July 23, 2008

Hammock talks Spartan pledge

Yesterday Michigan State picked up another key commitment for the class of 2009, linebacker TyQuan Hammock of Bishop Luers High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Spartsnmag.com spoke with the 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect about his pledge to the Green and White.

Hammock and his family drove up to East Lansing yesterday morning and spent that day at Michigan State.

"This visit was more of a formal one," he said. "We were able to tour the campus and see all of the facilities. We talked with the academic advisors and spoke with the coaches about how I would fit in. We really liked everything about Michigan State."

You were at Michigan State a few weeks ago for a 7-on7 with your Athletes with Purpose team, was this your family's first visit to Michigan State?

"No, my dad had been there before, but it was the first visit there for my mother. She really liked it too."

So how did the decision to commit come about?

"We went to dinner afterwards and I called up my brother. I told him how much I felt at home at Michigan State and how I really liked the coaches. He told me that if I felt like that was the place for me than I should do what is best for me."

TyQuan brother's comments are significant, and it show what type of family he comes from. His brother Thomas serves on the staff at the University of Minnesota as the running backs coach.

"After that I called up Coach Dantonio and I think he thought I was calling to thank him for the visit, but then I told him that I was coming to Michigan State," Hammock said. "He was really excited and relived. He welcomed me with open arms. I spoke with a lot of the other coaches and they were excited too. They were only looking at taking one more linebacker and they had offers out to a few other players as well."

Did the staff talk about how you would fit into the scheme of the defense?

"Yes, they said they want fast linebackers that can play downhill. They said they liked my tenacity and toughness. I know that last year they had freshman Greg Jones come in and become an All-American so they will play younger players. I like how they let players use their athletic ability to make plays. You see a gap you go fill it and make the play. It is like letting an animal out of a cage."

Were their some other factors about Michigan state that made the decision make sense for you?

"Yes, first it is close to home which is nice. It is only an hour and half away. Plus I want to major in Criminal Justice and they have one of the top Criminal Justice programs in the nation."

As with just about every recruit Coach Dantonio and his staff have received commitments from this year, Hammock is a solid student who already is easily qualified by NCAA Clearinghouse standards.
Hammock is rated a 3-star recruit and the #27 inside linebacker in the nation for the class of 2009 by Rivals.com. He is also ranked the #5 football prospect in Indiana this year. Last fall finished his season with 164 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, and seven forced fumbles while leading Bishopp Luers to the State Championship.

Look for more on the newest addition to the Spartan family in the next issue of Spartan magazine.

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