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"Mississippi State and Auburn have both been by this week," B.J. Hammond said of schools visiting the high school. "Arkansas and Vanderbilt are coming the first week of May. Coach Collins from Mississippi State and Coach Luper from Auburn were the coaches who stopped by. "We start practice the first week of May. We'll have some more coaches come by the school. I'd say the schools recruiting me the hardest right now are Auburn and Mississippi State." One SEC school is staying in close contact with the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect. "Mississippi State talks to me every chance they get," Hammond said. "Whenever they can see me they come and see me. They are always talking to me. Auburn is recruiting me pretty good, but they haven't really been in your face about it. They are always talking to me on the phone." The Bulldogs and Tigers lead the pack with Hammond almost ready to end the recruiting process. "I am close," he said. "I think my coaches want me to wait a little while longer though. I may take that into consideration. It's hard to make a decision. I don't know right now whether I want to go to Auburn or Mississippi State." Hammond took a recent visit to the Auburn campus. The Tigers have given him a verbal offer and could make it official next week. "Auburn told me I have an offer from them a few weeks ago," Hammond said. "They want to see me at practice next week. Coach Trooper [Taylor] told me they will be there the first day of spring practice. He said that's when they will make it official. Hammond gave more insight of what stands out to him of the in-state SEC school. "I like Auburn's tradition a lot," he said. "That's what stands out to me about them. They have real good tradition. A lot like Alabama. Alabama hasn't been recruiting me though. "Auburn sends me handwritten letters, and they talk to me. However I don't want a program to BS me about anything. In the recruiting process you learn quickly who really wants you and who is playing with you." Hammond explained more of his interest in the out-of-state SEC school, Mississippi State. "They have a great coaching staff," he said. "I love coach Mullen. We have a real good relationship. He feels like he can prepare me to go to the next level. He is telling me they have five seniors leaving and now is the perfect time to come in. I can come in to the school while they are rebuilding the program." Other schools showing strong interest include Arkansas, Purdue, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Spring practice begins next Monday for the Titans. Hammond is working hard in the off-season preparing for his senior year. "The things I am working on is yards after the catch," he said. "I think I have it down to where I can catch it well in traffic. I want to be the receiver who turns a a five-yard hitch into an 80-yard touchdown or slant into a 90-yard touchdown. I am trying to be more of an explosive playmaker other than a possession receiver." Hammond talked about his camp performances this past weekend. "I think I could have done 10 times better," he said. "It was just a warm-up to me. Those two camps sprung up on me. My coach told me about the invites to the camps late in the week. I had to fill out the paperwork. I feel like I am underrated. Reuben Foster said he didn't know how I wasn't a five-star. By the end of the summer I hope everyone knows my name."
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