Three-star wide receiver Joshua Hammond (Hallandale, FL), the brother of former Florida Gators wideout Frankie Hammond Jr., committed to join the same program Thursday night as a member of the Class of 2016.
“After talking it over with my family. I am truly blessed to announce that I am committed to the University of Florida #GoGators #Blessed,” Joshua Hammond tweeted.
Added his brother: “Lil Bruh on his way to be a Gator…!!! #HotLightHammond2”
The younger Hammond (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) received scholarship offers from a number of programs but chose Florida primarily over Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford.
He was recruited to the Gators by WR coach Kerry Dixon and South Florida ace recruiter Randy Shannon, who has snagged five prospects from the area already this cycle.
Hammond took 25 receptions for 413 yards and six touchdowns as a junior at Hallandale High School. He has already accepted an offer to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game and also listed offers from Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among many others.
Frankie Hammond suffered through some difficult offensive campaigns at Florida, never topping his senior year stats of 22 receptions, 295 yards and three touchdowns. However, the older brother still linked up with the Kansas City Chiefs on an undrafted free agent contract and played 16 games – mostly on special teams – last season.
With Joshua Hammond aboard, the Gators now have 14 verbal commitments for 2016, 12 of which are rated as three-star prospects in the 247Sports Composite, a set of rankings that averages ratings from the major recruiting services. Hammond is also the third wideout to commit to Florida, joining Rick Wells (Jacksonville, FL) and Isaiah Johnson (Palm Beach Gardens, FL), both in-state three-star players.[table “57” not found /]