#STRecruiting: #Gamecocks offer catches Maryland defensive tackle by surprise

Asaiah-Allan Hamond

2025 DT Asaiah-Allan Hamond (6-5 275) of Baltimore did not have South Carolina on his recruiting radar until Tuesday. He has not taken a recruiting visit to Columbia nor attended a Shane Beamer camp. But area recruiter Pete Lembo got word of him and looked at his film. He then shared the film with defensive tackles coach Travian Robertson. The two of them decided Hamond was SEC quality and moved on him.

“He said they both really liked it,” Hamond said. “We had a conversation over the phone a couple of weeks back, and he called me earlier today (Tuesday) and was like, watched your film, went over it and we want to offer you.  They definitely like my size and length.  Those are the main things they said.  I like to think of myself as a run stopper, but I can also get to the quarterback too.”

Hamond also has offers from Boston College, Virginia Tech, James Madison, Kent State and Charlotte. He also knows getting an offer from an SEC program takes his recruiting to another level.

“I was super happy,” Hamond said.  “I honestly wasn’t expecting it.  It came kind of out of the blue.  I’m going to try to visit but it’s all up to what’s going on with my family and the date of the game.”

Asked if he thinks he can compete in the SEC, Hamond was blunt.

“Honestly, I think I need to improve at least,” Hamond said.  “With training and just getting better all-around, I think I could definitely reach my full potential in that league.”

The only school Hamond has visited this season is Maryland. He attended a camp at Penn State last summer. He’s in the early stages of the recruiting process and won’t rush things.

“I’m not completely sure where I want to go yet,”  Hamond said.  “I haven’t really sat down and looked at schooling plus football, and then like what’s surrounding the area.  I haven’t really sat down and looked at everything yet.”

Hamond has one game left in his junior season. He estimated he had been in on around 50 tackles this season with one sack and about a dozen hits on the quarterback.

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