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Recruiting: Interview with QB Loranzo Hammonds

I had a chance to talk with quarterback Loranzo Hammonds from South Carolina. I put together a little Q&A from our interview. As most of you know, Hammonds is one of FIU's verbal commitments this year.

Q. How did you hear about FIU?

A. When I was sending out my type. I sent out my tape to all the schools in Florida. Since I've been a little kid, I've wanted to play in the state of Florida. When they offered to me, it was a big dream come true to me since I'd have the chance to play football in Florida.

Q. What is it about Florida?

A. I like the weather, the state itself. The culture down there.

Q. Football in Florida?

A. The state has some of the finest athletes in the sport of football. It will give me a chance to showcase my stuff.

Q. What is your style of play?

A. Duel threat. I can do both easy [pass and run]. I'd rather throw a touchdown before I run, though.

Q. Have you seen FIU play?

A. I watched them play in the bowl game. They run the same type of offense we run.

Q. You feel pretty comfortable in the spread?

A. Yes, sir!

More after the jump.

Q. Talk about your high school career?

A. It was great for me. I did a lot of great things with my team. I won a lot of individual awards. It's been a big part of my career. For me to extend my career is even better.

Q. Have you always been a quarterback?

A. Always played quarterback.

Q. How long have you been playing ball?

A. Since I was five.

Q. Any other sports?

A. Baseball, football and basketball when I was younger. I played basketball in high school. I was a shooting guard.

Q. Whats your proudest achievement playing football?

A. When we won our region championship. We fell off in the state semifinals.

Q. What is it about football you like?

The contact it brings.

Q. Major?

A. Physical therapy

Q. What do you like to do for fun?

A. Play video games. Madden, I pick the Eagles.

Q. Favorite NFL player?

A. Michael Vick

Q. What do you run the 40-yard dash in?

A. 4.5.

Size, weight?

A. 6-0, 185.

Q. What do you like the most about your game?

Q. My decision making. I can make pretty good decision. I was over 70 percent my junior and senior years.

Q. How was you visit?

A. The campus us really nice, they have a variety of things you can do down there. It was just the state of Florida that caught my eye.

Q. Offers from other schools

A. I narrowed it down to Georgia Tech, Appalachian State and FIU.

Q. What did you like about FIU over GT or Appalachian State?

A. I like they ran the same offense we ran in high school. The quarterback coach is really excited about me. They said they'll give me the chance to compete.

Q. Any family members play college or pro?

A. Cousin CoCo Hillary is going to the NFL. This was his last year at Appalachian State.



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nice Q&A Justin

DUAL threat.... not Duel threat.

Thanks FIU FPL. You don't know, he might be good at fencing.

Good stuff.

Good stuff! looking forward to another big season next year.

Good interview. Keep it up. Can you contact other commits and prospects? Any transfers from other schools?

Good stuff...this is what excites the readers.

Thumbs up on this Q&A Justin. Looking forward to more of this.

That was tantalizing, keep up the work.


Thanks Justin for the good work. This kid sounds like a good pickup for FIU. I like the fact he plays in the same shotgun spread system in high school, which should help make a smoother transition to college.

Great interview, thanks.

He seems to be a good fit for the offense, which, by the way, needs to expand past one formation.

Great news. Really good interview there Justin. Keep it up!!!!

Worthy of a pulitzer.....

Much better and the quote from FAU basketball coach on Taylor's article was great!

Very good Q & A..

Justin do you think you can get a couple more Q & A with other Top Recruits that have commited to FIU.. I also think Hammons stats are WAY better then Cato.. I have no idea what the big rah-rah was about that kid. If he comes to FIU then good, but if he doesnt then that also very good.. I think we need to go after just one good QB this year (Hammons is pretty damn good) and focuse on other possitions. We have West for one more year and then we have two pretty good QB's that should be more then ready to start in 2012.. The people that have QB issues is the people next door! LMAO..

Go FIU!!

Gooch7 - what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this blog is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Looking at the big picture for the quarterback position, I have a feeling Dylan Warner could end up as a safety. He's a good athlete and plays defense in high school. I agree we only needed one QB recruit and Hammonds seems to fit the bill. I was very high on Jake Medlock when we signed him last year. But I haven't heard much about him since he's been at FIU. Nobody seems to know how he's progressing and if his shoulder has healed.

No need to bash Cato. I didn't think he was coming here anyway. I like the guys we have committed better. But I think Cato will do just fine at Marshall.

@ Buc Nasty... great billy madison reference.

Buc Nasty AKA Hater..

Let me break down what I wrote on the previous post into retard bullet format.. Please read carefully before you embarase your self AGAIN!

1) Good job on the Q & A (that means I am giving credit to Justin for his work)

2) Hammons seems to have better stats then Cato (although Cato is a heck of a good player Hammons might be a more complete QB)

3) Justin can you have another Q & A with one of the other "verbal committed" recruits? (just asking to see if he can duplicate the effort he put into this post with another incoming player)..

4) I don't think we need to recruit 3 QB's i we can just add 1 really good one to our list of QB's.. (in other words we are ok with West and Medlock waiting to compete for the starting job in 2012).

I hope that for idiots like yourself this simple breakdown makes things easier for you to understand. Last time I checked this was a "blog" not a Finals Exam for your masters degree..

Go hate somewhere else looser!!



Quit while you're ahead, calling someone out and telling them not to embarrass themselves any further...



"with West and Medlock"

Is West short for Wesley ?


Good article. Love Hammonds enthusiasm and energy. He sounds like a real winner.

I hate because I care.

And I don't hate on your English as a second language grammar, I hate on your general lack of knowledge as a highly opinionated fan.

There's no reason to "think" someone has better stats, look it up if you care to compare. That's why they keep them...

You guys are great. @Gooch, I'm covering women's hoops tonight, I'll work on a new Q&A tomorrow.

I'll ask the fans, anyone in particular you guys would be interested in hearing from? I picked Hammonds are the first one since he's a QB.

Justin how about u write about how much lower case fiu sucks!! Write for a real school son!! Also, lose some weight! Ya slob!

It would be intresting to hear from any of these:
Shane Coleman, ezekiel turner, or it may be really intresting to hear from Blaine Dalton or Richard leonard.
Nice write up.

Thank you for keeping us informed. We appreciate it when there is actually stuff up here. I almost always read it but I rarely comment. I read the baseball and basketbal as well (including the Taylor article).

FIU just got a commitment from 6'4, 270 pound lineman Derrick Thorpe, a 3 star recruit from Neptune Beach Fletcher in the Jacksonville area. He's from the same school as Jake Medlock and Dylan Lynch. Thorpe had offers from West Virginia, Arkansas and USF. But he wants to play defense and that's where FIU recruited him.

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