Lakeland OL Deyavie Hammond discusses Florida visit
Polk County was once a prominent recruiting area for the Florida Gators. In his first year as head coach, Dan Mullen is attempting to rekindle relationships in Lakeland.
Earlier this spring four-star offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond visited Gainesville with his -then – IMG teammates.
At that time Florida wasn't showing much interest in him.
However, things change.
Hammond transferred from IMG Academy back home to Lakeland (Fla.) High School and the Gators have increased their interest in him.
On Saturday he made an appearance in The Swamp and he liked what he saw. Hammond spoke with Inside the Gators at the completion of the game.
“I love the atmosphere. For it being my first game here at the University of Florida, it was great actually. I loved it. It was the most welcoming place I've been actually. I love the fans, coaches, you know everybody. It’s great up here,” Hammond said.
Florida’s offensive line entered the 2018 season with a ton of uncertainty, creating the position a priority on the recruiting trail. However, over the last four weekends the unit continues to develop and bring a physical nature onto the field. Hammond has noticed the improvements over the weeks.
“I mean I think they did really well. At the beginning of the game we seemed slow, but towards the end they definitely held up. I didn’t really expect that actually, but from last week to this week I mean there has been a lot of improvement,” Hammond said.
Hammond has mentioned in the past, his relationship with coach John Hevesy has been tremendous. Following the conclusion of Florida’s 27-19 victory over No. 5 LSU, Hammond discussed his relationship with Hevesy and coach Larry Scott and their views of the Lakeland program.
“They just want me up here bad. They know how Lakeland works and they love our program.”
Hammond won’t be signing until the February period and plans on using his official visits during the month of January. Several in-state teams are battling out for Hammonds’ commitment and he discussed the two schools on Saturday night.
“I can definitely say like the two Florida schools, Florida and Florida State. I love them both. Right now, the season is looking pretty rough for Florida State and Florida is looking pretty great right now, but I want to see how they matchup together.”