Alabama has been in a recruiting slump for a while. The 2018 class only has two commits and the 2019 class wasn't looking much better. Yesterday though, things changed. Alabama landed a huge commitment for the 2019 class as 4-star OG, Deyavie Hammond has committed to the Crimson Tide.
The 6-4, 320 pound lineman is from Lakeland, Florida. Nicknamed “Fridge,” Hammond prides himself on his strength and aggressive play on the field. Hammond also had over 15 offers, including Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and more.
RollTide pic.twitter.com/9PMl5KOD8r— Deyavie Hammond (@DeyavieH) May 23, 2017
Hammond actually had trouble of getting in contact with Coach Key at first. After navigating and talking to Key, he then later spoke with Nick Saban. The staff gave him the green light to commit and that's all Hammond needed to hear before committing via Twitter.
Hammond’s coach at Lakeland, Will Bahler, recently talked with SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner about Hammond’s commitment to the Tide.
“People always say it, but it was his dream offer.” Said Bahler. “We always used to joke that if he got that Alabama offer, he would go there. Then one day they called me and offered him. I knew after that call, he was Bama bound.”
It has been a busy week for “Fridge,” as Auburn, Texas A & M and Mississippi State have all offered him. Many schools will still be fighting for Hammond’s services over the summer and all the way through next February.
Although Hammond has the size and strength to play at a very high level, some things still need to improve in Hammond’s game. Hammond still has plenty of time to grow, improve and mature as a player, and this summer will be critical for his development.